The Word inscribed in heart and applied in life
by Shiju Vincent
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“But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel: After those days, says the Lord, I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, ’Know the Lord,’ for they shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,’ says the Lord. ‘For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sins I will remember no more.” (Jer. 31:33, 34 NKJV).
The mysterious way through which one can come to the knowledge of God is revealed in this scripture portion. It is so easy to understand from the above verses that only when God forgives our iniquities and sins, do we gain the knowledge about God. Forgiveness of sins is the first step to start a Christian life. Then begins an experience which is totally a gift. Our good character is not the base of our relationship with Jesus; it is His marvelous sacrifice which is the core of our experiencing God in every realm of our life. To know God is to know Him personally. The knowledge about God which is told in the above verses is not what is stored in the head, but in the mind and hearts. There are many people who read the Bible but barely put it into practice. Interestingly, there are many who do good but do not read His word. Christianity is both learning and practicing. Respect to God’s word becomes complete only when it is meditated and applied. The wonderful blessings that come through this are eagerly waiting for us, each one of us! If we give heed to this advice and do so accordingly, we can be Christians! When the unbelieving world asks, “Where is your God?”, and we fail to reveal Him by our way of life, all our Bible meditation will be futile.
The above verses also indicate that God puts His law in our minds and writes it on our hearts. This emphasizes the importance of mind and heart over any other reality in life. Even the omniscient God pleases to put the law in the mind and heart and not in the brain. It also teaches that when we read or hear the Word, it is God who works in the depths of our hearts to store His law there. It is not through our goodness that we know so much of the Bible, it is only His grace. God does not seek the self-righteous to reveal His word’s mysteries in their hearts; for this He seeks the one who is lowly in spirit and is capable of renouncing his self (how much good he may be) to obey Christ taking his personal cross. If you are not carrying your cross, you are not a follower of Jesus. When God writes His word in our hearts, the next step belongs to us: be equipped to obey. It is the harder step, but if we just START doing it, God will give His grace to accomplish. Having God’s word inscribed in our hearts is the strengthener to obey it. If we only value God’s advice by our self and God does not inspire us, we cannot, by any means, obey Him.
The knowledge about God is an experience which comes through the above truth. Putting the law in the heart and action is the only way to experience a deeper fellowship with God. About such people, God says, “I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” After reading this much, how many of us can really say that we belong to God? It is our duty to lead this kind of life without any further thought. The devil may roam around us to devour us by making us disrespect this teaching but we must be ardent in doing God’s will. The deeper our roots will be, the stronger and fruitful will we be. Our roots must be in Christ. The roots of our faith, life and desires must be in Christ, and for this we need to obey Him. Unless and until we obey Christ, we can never be rooted in Him. Those who lead such a life belong to God and have every reason to be strong and fruitful. The meaning of life is understood only when we live it as God wants. The Bible is filled with so much of instructions to live a true Christian life and we all must follow them wholeheartedly and clearly. Our zeal for God must get stronger each day. Finally, all that we are, is not because we did something but because of grace only. The next time you feel to think that your spiritual growth is due to your deeds, consider and ponder the leading of God: how He protected you from falling to sin, how He holds your hands and leads you, how He makes way to help you grow spiritually. Is not this an awesome mystery?
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