I have a cousin who is a well-known tattoo artist. He travels all around the country to tattoo conventions and has even been on some of the tattoo shows like Inked. He is an incredible artist who can inscribe almost anything on your body that you desire. When you get “inked,” it is there for posterity. The same goes for those who follow Jesus Christ. When we give Him our life, we are transformed, and it is “written on your heart. “
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
A New Covenant
The writer of Hebrews is quoting Jeremiah 31 in this passage. It is God referring to the new covenant with the people of Israel. The Old Covenant was the law (think ten commandments), and it was based on the Israelites obeying the law to be right in God’s eyes. The New Covenant was about God giving us His Son and that His act of sacrifice would be written on our hearts. Our actions would then be motivated by our heart change instead of outwardly by some law.
Is Christ written on your heart? Has your life been transformed by His atoning work on the cross? Is your heart overflowing with the Love of God through the working of the Holy Spirit? This is what the New Covenant is about. It’s about the work that Jesus wants to do in your life. None of it is based on you or your accomplishments; it’s simply based on the amazing grace of our Creator. We can be at peace with God when we choose to follow Jesus.
Written on Your Heart
So many people treat Jesus like a heavenly ATM. Their prayers are like taking withdrawals for every need and want they can think of. As they do this, they miss out on all of the critical stuff that God is waiting to give us freely. We need to stop striving for things that are meaningless and receive those things that benefit us the most. Let God inscribe on your life everything that matters.