“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord.
“I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
Jeremiah 31:33 NIV
Engraved on Our Heart
When I married my husband, I married into the military. One of the very first things we had to do was set me up with a military ID card. I didn’t think much of it in the moment. The size of a driver’s license, with a little driver’s license-like photo taken. And the reminder to keep it with me at all times.
I soon found out this card was everything. I needed it to get on post, I needed it to get into the commissary, I needed it to get into the shopping center, I needed it for all of my health care. I needed it for anything and everything. It was my identity as a military spouse. Without it, I pretty much didn’t exist where the military was concerned.
But aren’t we beyond blessed that we always have a very special identity united with Christ?
Good Friday will be here soon… then Easter. A beautiful, new day. He sacrificed everything for us on this new day. God’s plan for grace was fulfilled and He has provided a way for us. He chose to live right there in our hearts. Christ within us. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus provides for us this new identity.
He has written His law, His very self into our hearts. His laws are no longer just something etched on stone, but instead they are engraved on our hearts. Engraved on our soul. The Spirit of Christ lives in us.
His grace is now part of our being.
Loving us even when we are unlovable. Forgiving us when we don’t deserve it. Guiding us when we don’t know our way. Speaking through us when we have no words. Holding us when we can no longer stand. Patience with us when we try to do things our own way.
He is our true companion; we are no longer on our own.
And like the benefits we have with a military ID, benefits beyond our comprehension come with this identity. Benefits based on His great love for us. The kind of life we live, who we truly are. Having a character that is honest and kind and faithful.
Our hearts are transformed, we are free from the darkness. We can now be a source of love, peace, and joy. Living out God’s calling.
The beautiful truth of a grace filled identity.
In big or small ways, how is God engraving grace on your heart?