As I wrote last time, my tattoo is an expression of the way I live my life. It reminds me of who I am. When I do something, I do it with the understanding that I do it in Christ.
But suppose I fail, and I know I will. Suppose I choose a route that I should not have chosen. Suppose I do something that involves sin. That will not be something that I do in Christ. That will be something that I’ve done in my flesh. There’s a distinction to be made there.
But when I realize my sin, I also realize that I’ve been redeemed. With what have I been redeemed? Solus Christus. In whom have I been redeemed? Solus Christus. In Christ I am redeemed. In Christ I am righteous. It’s why I don’t live in guilt. I’m free, because my freedom comes in Christ.
That’s how I can live my life with such passion. I don’t look back! I don’t look behind me. When I mess up, I don’t live in sin. I don’t live in sin, because I live in Christ. So I repent.
I repent for my sin because that’s the only way to get better. I recognize my sin and I recognize that I have a way out of it. Repentance challenges me to go deeper in prayer. It challenges me to deepen my commitment to living more deeply in Christ.
So you see, this tattoo means so much to me. Everything for me happens in Christ. It’s almost like a family crest. Solus Christus. I want my sons to grow up in Christ. I want my marriage to be in Christ. When my family does things, I want us to do them in Christ. So Solus Christus is my family’s crest and shield.
It’s a great conversation piece. I’ve had great conversations with a lot of different people about this. You know what? This tattoo has created all kinds of opportunities to talk to people about my faith. People ask, “Why did you get Solus Christus tattooed on your forearm?” And they get this 15-minute spiel that I’ve just shared with you in these blogs.
I live in Christ, I make my decisions in Christ, I repent in Christ, I challenge myself in Christ, and I want my family to be a family in Christ. That’s why I put it on my forearm. That’s why I chose those two words. And that’s why I put it in a circle. A circle is a never-ending unit. It just keeps going. And I think that’s how I am in Christ. I want to just continue to go in Christ, and never stop.
If you have a tattoo that’s really meaningful to you, I’d love to know about it. Meanwhile, next time I’m going to start a new series where I share some of my beliefs about marriage. See you Friday.