GodReflection: My Contract with Jesus Reviewed
My 2018 Blog space closed with a focus on Jesus.
May the Helen Howarth Lemmel refrain serve as a bridge into a new year that also reflects upon God’s Son:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
As I begin this year I want to start where I left off. But first, I must share a story from childhood.
I don’t remember the year. I do recall the excitement. It started with a knock on our door from a World Book Encyclopedia salesman. He made his pitch with his beautiful sample. Volume One raised the window to let us peek into the history of the world.
At the end of the presentation Dad signed the contract to pay, the salesman signed his promised to deliver. The result of that contract was a complete set of illustrated books with—as we were told—all the world’s knowledge at our fingertips. It was all there in nineteen books—the information of the world current up to 1960.
While in that white framed house on Second Street with my Dad, Mom, two sisters and a brother, I too signed a contract. It was a contract with Jesus. It came with immediate benefits and future promises. Jesus signed that he would deliver. I signed on the line that I would trust.
Jesus promised forgiveness of ALL my sin. He promised to place Holy Help at my disposal to navigate life. He promised to restore to perfection my life eternal on a pristine new earth.
Jesus notarized his promises with his death, a three day stay of his dead body inside a tomb, and by his return to life through resurrection.
To receive all of the above I signed on in faith, repentance and baptism.
Over the next few posts my purpose will be to dust off this old contract made decades ago and attempt to read it again with fresh eyes. Perhaps a better way to express it is I want to examine my contract through lens ground clearer by the sand of life.
Is it still as fresh as it was when I signed? How is Jesus record to date, has he kept his promise of contract fulfillment thus far? Perhaps the more relevant question is, how am I doing in my attempt to live up to my signature on the contract?
As I read my contract anew, I invite you to pull yours from your file drawer or from your safe for review.
If perchance you are among the readers of this blog who look to Jesus but have never signed a contract, just maybe as you read over my shoulder you will take this vital step in your faith walk.
I would love to hear about your own contract or about your progress as you consider the possibility you might sign on and be a contract owner. Just maybe, that knock you hear at your door is Jesus.
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells
A GodReflection: I Have A Contract with Jesus