July 7th, 2018
Limits, Liberties, and Pleasing God
Leviticus 19:27-28 (KJB) Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard. 28 Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.
Some of you will read these two ancient verses and immediately rail about the ridiculous restrictions some may comprehend are divinely introduced and expected when having a proper understanding what they have read and heard from God’s Word.
It is clear they will say, God does not agree with anything to do with getting tattoos, period.
Perhaps, however, for those individuals who both like and accept the presence of tattoos and to also profess a relationship with God will point out that a genuine relationship with God is not about following rules and regulations, but all to do with a relationship. A personal relationship with God.
The truth about God is found in both statements. Our body is A temple of God and should be treated as such for always bringing honor and glory to God. God has not given mankind mere suggestions for the application and conduct of our lives, but He has divinely given some commandments, or decrees, for mankind to desire to follow. However, a personal relationship with Him is never a religious experience filled with do’s and don’ts.
A personal relationship with God is never truly about a man working to meet and exceed the very laws of God. The truth is that no man on his own can meet or exceed the law of God. It requires a personal relationship with God to identify with the supernatural nature of God. In fact, please note that a man cannot meet and exceed any of God’s laws and expectations on his own. A regenerated man must choose to rely upon the goodness, grace, and mercy of God allowing Him to work in his heart and life.
The spiritual bottom line, however, is that any person who desires to be in a right relationship with God will desire those things which God desires. A child of God will yearn to live according to His will and way and choose to refrain from anything even remotely adversely affecting his personal relationship with God or that perhaps will affect his relationships with others in this world.
Tattoos, for an example, are often found to be a spiritual dividing point with many discussions, articles, disagreements, and disputes concerning a saved person electing to have them on his or her body. The truth is that any person who chooses to spend his or her time studying God’s Word and aligning himself with things of God can and will stand blameless before Him on that final day. Any person who chooses to go against God must be ready to give an answer to God about choices he has made, including getting a tattoo(s).
Pleasing God is really the underlying issue at hand in the matter of any sin. The supernatural power and presence of God make it possible for any regenerated man to stand with Him and be blameless, even if he is covered from head to toe with tattoos. There is, however, differing degrees of blessings and benefits for a child of God in the eternal realm predicated on his personal obedience and walk with God.
Pleasing God is the first and final goal of every sincere child of God. If having a tattoo can be seen by yourself or others as interfering with a personal relationship with God a wise child will certainly consider steering clear of it in his own relationship with God. Being a billboard of right fellowship with God, having right fellowship with others, and being a beacon for others to desire to have a relationship with God, far outweighs any associated personal cost of electing not to serve a particular sin. Genuine fellowship with God is more important than any associations, choices, or attachments available in this world.