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Sign The Dotted Line

By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted April 2, 2014

RELIGION – Last year I sold my house in five minutes. When my wife and I moved to Edgefield we left behind a town home in Wake Forest, NC. We had only lived in the home for a year when the church I was pastor of closed. We did not know what to do with the home. We could sell it and lose money or rent it out to poor seminary families. We chose the latter. The downside was we had to pay for maintenance and I only saw the home once in a seven year period. This was very less than ideal.

The renter got behind on payments for few months, which stunk and put my family in a tight spot. So I told the renter I just wished that I could sell the home. He told me that there was this investor purchasing several units around. So I emailed the guy and in five minutes he sent me a contract on the townhome. No agent. He was paying cash and wanted to close in three weeks.  This seemed too good to be true; all I had to do was sign the contract. I was a little nervous, so I contacted my brother-in-law who is an attorney to have him look over the contract. He said that all was legit, so I signed the line and sold the home.

This reminded me of our experience when we come to God. We metaphorically sign a contract, but the issue is that we don’t get to see the terms or the plans. To completely surrender to Christ means that we have no way of knowing all of what that surrender might entail down the road. Many people might be more inclined to trust their lives to Him if God would hand us a contract with all the details filled in. We’d like to know what to expect: “What will this cost me? Where will God expect me to go? What will He ask me to do?” We want to see all the fine print so we can read it over, think about it, and then decide whether to sign our name.

But that is not the life of faith. God’s deal is “here’s a blank piece of paper. I want you to sign your name on the bottom line, hand it back to Me, and let Me fill in the details.” Why would anyone in their right mind do this? The Apostle Paul signed his life to one of those blank contracts when he wrote that “I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me." (2 Timothy 1:12)

You see when Paul looked at God he knew that God had freed him from sin and self-righteousness. He knew that God was completely trustworthy, and he knew that God loved him.  Paul also knew the greatest life that he could ever live would be one that was not spent in little vain pursuits, but one that glorified God.

The reality for you today is that signing your name to that blank paper is risky … if God isn’t real, if He cannot deliver, or if He is ultimately proven a liar. But the reality is that we have nothing to lose by signing the blank contract. Oh, we may lose some things that certain people consider valuable or essential. But in the grand scheme of things, we cannot lose, because we gain Christ, the greatest treasure the world has to offer.

So if you will let Him, God will fill in the details of your life with His incomparable wisdom and sovereign plan, written in the indelible ink of the blood of His Son poured out for your salvation and victory in this life and in the world to come! Have you ever “signed your name on the bottom line,” fully surrendering your life to God without expecting Him first to fill in the details? Have faith and make a difference for Christ!

Pastor Howle

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