The Gospel, Generosity and the Blank Check - Read and Watch

July 10, 2019

>>>Be sure and watch this month's video clip below from David Platt on this blog topic.<<<

In Isaiah Chapter 6, we have the account of God’s search for someone willing to take a message to His people. What I find so intriguing is Isaiah’s immediate, definite, no-hesitation response: “Here am I. Send me!” What was it that made Isaiah so eager for the assignment? Why no signs of fear or uncertainty? I think the answer is found in verse 6: “…Your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”

You see, earlier in the same vision, Isaiah had seen God on His throne, majestic, awesome, holy. And in contrast, he had seen his own sinful self. And he had experienced something else—God’s forgiveness.

Our Response to God’s Call

Now let’s think about our own response to God’s call to share His Word and show His love to those around us—particularly when it comes to generosity. Could it be that hesitancy to offer God our all might be rooted in not fully appreciating what we have received from Him? I mean, if we really believed and lived in God’s unfathomable love as shown in the Gospel, what should be our smartest, most logical generosity response? Answer: total surrender; a blank check before God. 

What do I mean by a “blank check”? Well, exactly what it implies. All that we have and all that we are belongs to Him as an overflowing life released to God for others. 

"When we offer God a blank check, we are simply acknowledging that we are presenting to Him what He already owns. We call this whole-life generosity." [Tweet This]

Giving God a blank check is not something we need to be afraid of. We must remember who we are giving the blank check to:

  • A Father whose steadfast love for us endures forever.
  • A Father who knows what we need before we even ask Him.
  • A Father who has been pleased to give us the Kingdom.

A blank check before God—a life of whole-life generosity—is the safest and smartest way to live in light of who He is and what He has done for us. 

A Helicopter Rescue

Here’s a great illustration from author and pastor of McLean Bible Church, David Platt . . .

There’s a story of a guy in England some years ago who bought a Rolls-Royce. Now this prestigious automobile had been advertised as the car that would never ever, ever, ever break down. And so the man paid the hefty price for the car and was driving it out in the country one day when it broke down. A little perturbed, he called up Rolls-Royce and said, “Hey, the car that you said never breaks down is broken down.” Immediately Rolls-Royce put a mechanic and his equipment into a helicopter, flew him out to the car, fixed the car, and the guy—appreciative and impressed—went on his way. Of course, the guy expected to get a bill for the repair. He had the means and, after all, it’s not often that a mechanic flies out to you to fix your car.

A couple of months went by, but the bill hadn’t arrived. The man wanted to cover his bill and just get it behind him. Finally, he called up Rolls-Royce and said, “Hey, listen. Here’s what happened. The car broke down, a guy flew out in a helicopter, and the car was fixed. Can you just send me my bill?” The response from the other end of the phone was, “I’m sorry, sir. But we here at Rolls-Royce have no record of anything having gone wrong with your car.”

Just think of it: You, standing before God and hearing Him say, “I have absolutely no record of anything ever having gone wrong in your life.” What mercy when Christ brought us love! So, now, doesn’t it make sense? Doesn't it make sense when the voice of the Lord now booms into the scene and asks, “Whom shall I send and who will go for us?” At that point, what you don’t hear Isaiah say is, “Oh, where are you thinking about sending me?” “What, exactly, do you have in mind?” “I might if…”

So, then, brother or sister in Christ, why in the world would you say something like that to this God? “I might sell this, if…” “I might sacrifice, if…” “I might do this, if…” “Well, just tell what You want, and we’ll see.” No! Hopefully you can realize that a blank check before this God is the only thing that makes sense. To say to this God, “Here’s my life! I’m overwhelmed by Your love for me, that You’ve wiped away all my sins. You’ve reconciled me to Yourself. I have the confidence of eternal life forever! I have nothing to worry about on this Earth! So, here’s everything I’ve got. And You’re sovereign anyway: It’s Yours in the first place! I’m just a steward of it!”

Who are we to think we owned it in the first place? We don’t own anything! He owns everything! He’s sovereign over all! He’s Lord over it all! So, that means our lives are His and they’re gladly His! Right? I mean, gladly His. This is where we begin to realize in our minds and our hearts that giving God a blank check is not something we need to be afraid of. There should be no fear when it comes to thinking, “What will He lead me to do?” If there’s any fear in you in putting the blank check on the table, let me just remind you of the One you’re giving the blank check to.

He loves you so much. He knows so much better than you do what is best for your life. If you can trust Him to save you from an eternity in hell, certainly you can trust Him to lead you on this Earth. And not just lead you but satisfy you every step of the way. He’s good. Once you realize who He is, you will see that the craziest, most foolish thing you could ever do is put conditions upon your obedience to this God. That would make no sense.

The Freedom of a Blank Check

As David mentioned in this story, there is an extravagant generosity in how God sees us and relates to us.

"Despite our human fears about completely releasing our lives, churches, families, and possessions to Him, there is abounding freedom in trusting Him with a blank check." [Tweet This]

What areas of your life are you holding back from God? In light of the Gospel, why are you holding back? And what areas of your church are you holding back from God? What changes need to be made? May we all grow in this type of trust, love, and generosity for God and our fellow man. Just as Paul told Timothy:

“Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” (1 Timothy 6:18-19)


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Watch This Month's Clip - David Platt 


In this video, David Platt tells an interesting story that relates to the extravagant generosity of God and how we can trust and extend this generosity to others.

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