It's art. It'll look good and it'll tell a story.

Chase: Hey John, how are you?

James: Hey John.

John: Good. How are you Chase? How are you doing James?

Chase: Well blessed!

James: I'm Good.

John: I hear ya!

Chase: Listen John, Friday night some of us are going to meet at the court house downtown. 

John: What are you guys going to do there?

James: We are going to buy some spray paint and tag the building. I've got some real art work the would make the building pop. Want to meet us there?

John: No! We can't do that!

Chase: Why not? It's art. It'll look good and it'll tell a story.

John: Well, first off, we will get locked up. Have to pay for what we did and have to remove it as part of a community service.

James: There isn't anything wrong with showing off our art work.

John: Problem is, it's not our building.

James: So your saying that it is wrong for us to put our art work on something that doesn't belong to us?

John: Well, yes. That's exactly what I am saying, James.

Chase: How can that be? I see you have tattoo's on your arms and legs.

John: But that's different. This is my body. It's mine.

Chase: So you created your body? It's yours. You made it and own it. You can put whatever you want on it and do whatever you want with it?

John: Well......

Chase: That don't sound right. Paul, in the bible explains that our body is a temple that God gave us to live in and to take care of. 1 Corinthians 3:16 say's," You realize, don’t you, that you are the temple of God, and God himself is present in you? No one will get by with vandalizing God’s temple, you can be sure of that. God’s temple is sacred and you, remember, are the temple."

John: I'm not sure that Paul meant it like that.

Chase: Well, Paul goes on to say," 1 Corinthians 6:20, Or didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works.

John: That's interesting 

Chase: Paul also tells us in Romans 12:1, to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God.

John: Never looked at it like that before.

Chase: Let me ask you this, "How do you feel about people cutting their bodies? "

John: That's wrong. It's painful and could lead to blood poisoning. Plus leaves scares.

James: Interesting. Seems like the same thing as a tattoo.

John: I think... Well...Uhm... Hmmmmm....

Chase: Paul also say's, "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

James: I change my mind. I'm not going downtown! I'm not going to have to answer for tagging the court house.

Chase: Good point. I'm not going neither.

Chase: You know having tattoo's won't send you to hell nor will cutting the body or abusing it. We need to understand that what we do to this body, we will have to answer for and give an account of to God.

Chase: Not accepting Christ as our Savior is what will send us to hell. All other we will have to answer for and I sure don't want to have to answer for any more than I have already done to this body.

John: That makes me want to remove my tattoo's now.

Chase: No! Don't do that! Now that you understand this, God will use your tattoo's. People will connect with you and begin to talk to you about them and then you can lead them to Jesus and to how you are not the person you used to be.

John: Wow! That sounds great! That would be something good to answer for to God.

Chase: Amen! That's right. I want to answer for more good doings than wrong doings.

My prayer is that this touches your heart and moves the Holy Spirit in you to do a great work in and through you. In Jesus name I pray up...

We are temples of the Holy Spirit (see 1 Cor. 3:16), and the Holy Spirit does His work in and through us.