Saturday, March 6, 2010

sign on the x please

Have you ever been at a concert or a book signing maybe and asked someone for their autograph? What is it about having that Cd signed or the inside cover of our book that makes it more special to us?
Has anyone ever asked you for your autograph? No one has ever asked me and I am not sure they ever will.

Our signature says something about who we are. When we sign our name we make a statement. If we send a get well card we sign our name at the bottom with love. I have declared my love to another by signing my name at he end of a love letter. If we sign a document we sign at the bottom with our promise. Remember those who signed the Declaration of Independence? As John Hancock wrote his name the largest and darkest, they all knew they could very well be signing their lives away also. It meant something to take that pen, dip it in ink and sign, letting all others know just who you were.

I have to say, I do have a few autographs of Christian singers. I met them in person and was it was just fun to have them write their name upon my Cd.

I have found that more important than any other signature, any signing of Cd, is the signature of God's love forever on my heart. His name alone stands still. There is no other like it. He has written His word and name upon my heart. He too knew He was giving His life in blood, not in ink as our forefathers. He gave of something no one else can or will ever do again.

He has written the greatest love letter ever penned, and it is signed with His love.

I remember being in grade school and high school carrying one of those autograph books, having friends and teachers write a few words and give their autograph as to say. It meant something special to have a friend write meaningful or funny words and have them sign, forever keeping those memories in my heart.

But its not so much our signature that matters, its all about the meaning behind it. When we pen our name on a document may we think about that the next time one is in front of us. May we remember the importance of those who have penned their name before us.

Some pen their names quickly, some take their time, thinking upon each stroke of the pen. There is meaning behind our names, it tells who we are and what we stand for. No matter what design your signature is, all are beautiful in their own way.

I know when my son began learning how to write his name Jake on paper, he soon traveled from paper to other places in our home. On the back of my headboard, written over and over are the words, "Jo Jo". As Jake learned to sign his name, he signed Jo Jo to everything in sight. It is still there today.

Our signature can seal the deal, it can strike a bargain, it can be written next to paid in full. That my friends is exactly what Jesus did when He died upon the cross for us. He signed the deal, He struck a bargain, and He paid in full with His life for ours.

There is something beautiful to think upon. May our hearts be open to the writing on our heart by the One who came to save us. Every time we sign our name, may we remember the One who signed before us, and know that we are able to sign now because of nothing less than His grace.

Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Romans 5:8 "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were sinners, Christ died for us."
Ephesians 2:8-10 "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them."
Ephesians 1:13-14 "In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory."
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