GodReflection: My Contract with Jesus Reviewed
God wired me with a task-oriented personality. I have created more lists over a lifetime than I could possible count. However, there is one list that I’ve never attempted to compile.
I can’t even imagine how daunting would be the task to list seven decades of sin. The sands of the sea and the stars of sky would seem to be an appropriate analogy.
When our lives are held up to the perfection of Holy God, we humans don’t come close. We can’t meet our own expectations much less the standards of The Holy.
Just because I haven’t committed “the biggies” that call for jail time doesn’t mean that my sin page was or is spotless. You see I possess one of those small instruments described by Jesus’ brother, James:
Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body.
It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell . . . no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison (James 3: 5-8).
And, it was in the Eden garden that Satan snaked his way into the heart. He messed with my heart that fuels the tongue. It is in the heart broken by Satan where more evil resides than anyone of us are comfortable to admit. Each one of us feel the same reality expressed by Paul the apostle:
For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.
Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it (Romans 7:18-20).
With those two truths about the body I live in–the regrettable failures of tongue and heart–I’ve easily generated a sin list far too large for my mind to grasp.
So, ALL my sin forgiven is a big eternal gift too good to pass up.
Sin is a big deal. The Holy cannot reside where sin is present. That is what makes my contract with Jesus of utmost importance. His offer is to let his Holiness stand in my place in the presence of God.
That means if I sign on, when God looks at me, he only sees the sinless Jesus. Jesus has me covered as long as I remain connected through him.
That makes Jesus signature and my signature vital to the contract. He signs as guarantor. I sign to receive access to his promise: ALL MY SIN FORGIVEN.
A reread of my old contract brings renewed assurance for my daily walk.
Jesus signature is strong. The red blood from his quill remains bold and clear. It is easy to read—Jesus The Christ Son of God (risen from the grave).
Won’t you join me and reread your contract?
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells
A GodReflection: Contract Promise: ALL My Sin Forgiven