374. A Clear Title

“One of my neighbors who is an attorney came by last night,” Stan began.  “She had some interesting things to say about a piece of property she is trying to sell.”

“Is the property in your neighborhood?” I asked.

“No, it is some unimproved property near the summit on Johnstown Road.”

“What’s going on with it?” I asked.

“It seems that the property has been in her family for a long time and the title to the property is not entirely clear.”

“What’s that mean?” I asked.

“As my neighbor explained it,” Stan continued, “in order to get a clear title to a piece of property, the chain of ownership has to be shown in order to prove that the person selling the property is actually the owner.”

“And there’s a problem?” I asked.

“Seems like it,” Stan resounded.  “And my neighbor was real upset that she was going to have to buy an expensive title insurance policy to cover the matter in case a problem develops in the future, if someone else stepped up and claimed ownership.  She said the title insurance policy was probably too expensive and she wasn’t going to sell the property.”

“So that was the end of your discussion about it?” 

“No,” Stan said with a smile.  “I used the opportunity to talk about not needing title insurance in my relationship with God.”

“You’re kidding,” I responded.  “Title insurance with God?”

“Yes,” Stan replied.  “The apostle Paul talked about it in his letter to the church in Corinth.  He didn’t specifically mention title insurance, but I think he sure made a clear point about having a clean chain of title.”

Continuing, Stan said, “Paul wrote about the importance of belonging to Christ, who belongs to God.  And each person has to make the choice of belonging.  I chose to belong to Christ and, thus, to God, rather than to self, the world, the flesh, and the devil.  I chose to have a clear chain of title in my relationship with God.”

“Assured of a clear title with no need for a separate policy of title insurance!”

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You belong to Christ; and Christ belongs to God.  1 Corinthians 3:23.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, for opening the way for me to have a clear relationship with you through the finished work of Christ Jesus on the cross.  Thank you for giving me the choice and in helping me to choose rightly.  Thank you for the assurance of salvation, the assurance that I will spend the rest of eternity with you when my time here is finished, and that your assurance is all I need.  Thank you for leaving me on this side of eternity for as long as you want so that I can pursue an ever-deepening relationship with you based on knowing you more fully.  Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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