These words which I command you today ... you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
According to the Guinness Book of Records, the smallest New Testament in the world can fit on your fingertip. It can be read with a powerful magnifying glass and is designed to be worn as a pendant or lapel pin.
There's nothing wrong with wearing our witness or having lapel pins to spark conversations about Christ. But the Bible isn't a talisman. The words the Bible contains are what make it special. The Lord told the Israelites to teach the Scriptures to their children, to wear them as a sign on their foreheads, and to write them on the doorposts of their homes. It was God's way of reminding them to keep Scripture close and accessible. Some turned this into a ritual and began wearing phylacteries, little leather boxes containing a verse from the Law.
It's all right to have verses at our fingertips, and there are great ways to display our love for Scripture. But remember, the best place for the Word of God is in our hearts and minds. It's not about a ritual but a relationship.
If we understood what happens when we use the Word of God, we would use it oftener.