This is not a blog on tattoos. My personal opinion on tattoos is irrelevant.
But I've been thinking about a different type of body marker. In the Fall of this year, Lord willing, I will begin a series working through the gospel of John. I am looking forward to it. But I think it might be one of the most challenging series' I have ever done. Verses like John 13:35 are haunting in their bluntness.
John 13:35 (NASB95)Does the world know that we love one another? Can they see Jesus in us? Do they know, can they make the connection between our love for one another and the closeness of our walk to the crucified Savior we follow? Does the way we sacrifice for one another, cherish our time together as believers, celebrate and cry together, tolerate one another, bear with one another, forgive one another--does it mark us, does it "tattoo" us as belonging to Him who laid down His life for us and calls us to deny ourselves to daily take up our cross and follow Him?
35 “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
I wonder. And I shudder at what the honest answer really is.