It matters who you’re faithful and true to.
I know my 10th grade English teacher would correct me on that sentence. But I said it that way to make a point. Of course, it’s just good sense to be faithful and true to your family and friends, as long as they return the favor. But can any of them keep you safe? Not really.
The key word in the question I just asked is “keep”. We have a nation and a world of laws. And none of them can keep you safe…even the ones designed to do that very thing. At best they’ll keep you safer than not having them. But it’s only for the short term…the days you’re alive on the planet. And if you believe, like I do, there’s more to life than a few decades on the planet, it’s worth looking into a more long-term security plan.
Being faithful and true to God is the best insurance plan.
When you’re looking to buy insurance, whether it’s for your car, your home, or your health, you want the best bang for your bucks. Right? And that’s exactly how you should look at it. But every policy you buy is for a limited time. Sometimes it’s your entire adult life. Other times it’s for only a few months, weeks, or even days. But insurance policies only last as long as you keep paying.
The one insurance plan that never expires is totally unique because you don’t pay for it. In fact, you couldn’t pay for it if you were the richest person on earth. God’s insurance plan is for you to have eternal life. And Jesus paid up your premiums forever. But there’s a catch. A-ha! You knew there had to be a catch…right?
The catch is…you gotta ask for it.
Yeah, God has been advertising His insurance plan for thousands of years. He’s been faithful and true to His word, and every person who ever asked to be added to the plan has received it free of charge. But guess what. Most people have turned down the offer. Can you imagine?! I mean, c’mon…who doesn’t like FREE?
But I guess it goes back to that “catch” I mentioned. You gotta ask for it. And asking for God’s insurance plan means admitting you’re basically a jerk and that you’ve hurt others and hurt yourself…and that you’re sorry for what you’ve done. And most people don’t want to do that. Their pride gets in the way.
Don’t let pride keep you from the prize.
In my life I’ve done some pretty amazing things. And I’ve done some awful things. I’ve been a great guy. And I’ve been a great failure. Even if all the amazing things I’ve done outnumbered the awful things, they wouldn’t be enough to buy me one day in Heaven. And yet I know I’ll enjoy time without end there because I’ve been willing to admit I’ve hurt others and myself. You wanna know a dirty, little secret? I haven’t even been faithful and true to God all the days of my life. But I guarantee He’s been faithful and true to me. How do I know?
Because God’s word is alive and true and it lives in me. And it springs up in me to let me know I’m doing the right thing…or the wrong thing. It’s so cool how that works. Jesus said it would be that way, and just like every other thing He said…it’s true. He’s faithful to those who are faithful to Him. And He’ll keep you safe forever, if you ask Him to. Like I said, it’s free. What do you have to lose…but your soul?
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