Believe it or not, I have tattoos.  I have three of them to be exact.  My first one came before I gave my life to God.  While I still think it is a cool design, it really does not represent who I am today.  I have since decided to put two other pieces of art on my body that do indicate who I am.  I have a cross on my back with 1 Cor. 15:10 written below it.  On my right arm just below the shoulder I have an ichthus made of stone.  Now, I don’t want to get into the debate about whether it is wrong to get a tattoo or not (although it is pretty obvious where I stand).  The point I am trying to make is that we should surround ourselves with reminders of what our lives are all about.

What do you use to decorate your house?  Most people put pictures of themselves and loved ones.  Many people surround themselves with images from their hobbies and passions.  Other people put weird golden unicorn statues everywhere and only use candles to light their home. 

The point is that we like to use our space to be an extended representation of who we are and to constantly remind ourselves of what is important.  The good news is that the Bible supports that effort.  The bad news is that most of us do not accurately represent what should be most important to us.

As Moses is reminding the Israelites of all the things God has commanded of them before they enter Canaan, he tries to emphasize the importance of surrounding yourself with constant reminders of being obedient.  “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-9)

So I ask again:  what do you use to decorate your house?  Do you have visual reminders that you are called to take up your cross daily, or is there no room between your Kentucky Wildcat posters?  Do you have cute little frog figurines everywhere, or is your shelf full of discipleship books?  Is your “man-cave” decorated with trophies and banners, or are you representin’ with a Fathead of Jesus Christ? 

Do you surround yourself with things that remind you of God’s commands?

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