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The Signature

In the car this morning, I listened to "Life Song" by Casting Crowns. At the end of one of the verses, the lyric is sung, "I want to sign your name at the end of the day, knowing that my heart was true."

The thought here is that we must live with such humility, character, integrity, and love that Jesus would be willing to sign off on our daily efforts - knowing that our life has brought him great pride.

As I have been meditating on this thought throughout the day, I have been chewing on what kind of a life must be lived if we are to see the signature of God at the end of our days.

We see the signature of God when the things of God are accomplished in the ways of God. For example, when;

- The unlovable are loved.
- The poor are provided for.
- The broken are healed.
- The businessman makes ethical decisions that ooze with integrity.
- The man of God says no to temptation and yes to faithfulness.
- The child of God stoops in humility and prayer.
- A life is lived solely for the Glory of God.

In Luke 24, Jesus is walking to Emmaus with two disciples. At first, they don't recognize him, but as they sit down and eat together, they suddenly realize who they are talking with is the resurrected Jesus. While no one is sure what the trigger for recognizing Jesus was, it was due to the familiar way Jesus ate. We read in the scripture that:

1) He took the bread
2) He gave thanks
3) He broke the bread
4) He gave it to them

This familiar picture was, for the disciples, a reminder of Jesus' mealtime signature. They'd seen it happen many times before, and here he was, doing it again – as he did at the last Supper, which we read about in Matthew 26, Mark 14, and Luke 22. They recognized Jesus by the 'signature way' that he ate with his disciples.

God's signature is written into the very fiber and foundation of this world we are a part of. The question for us is, "Are our lives lived in such a way that God would add his signature to them?"

Live well.

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