Term life insurance provides benefits to the family after one’s death. But not until. Fire, auto, and health insurance are great to have. But if you have no claim, you get absolutely nothing, no matter how much you’ve paid in.
In contrast, a sound financial investment pays dividends now—and hopefully for years to come. A good investment pays back much more than you put in! And yet you can’t take it with you.
What about our faith as Christians? Is it good in case of loss? Is it a sound investment for this life? Is it of benefit for the next life? All of the above.
The Christian life is totally comprehensive. Properly used, our faith is of value to us every moment we live—and for eternity! Could anything be better than that?
As with investments and insurance, there is a price. Is it worth it?
Once Peter asked Jesus, “. . . we have left everything and followed You; what then will there be for us?”
Jesus replied, “. . . there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions, and in the age to come, eternal life” (Matthew 19:27; Mark 10:29-30).
Any loss we experience because of our commitment to Christ He will amply compensate—both now and in eternity. He also provides us with tremendous resources such as the Holy Spirit, prayer, the Scriptures, and the fellowship of believers—all of which strengthen us now and help us toward heaven.
Name one thing the Christian faith does not affect. You can’t do it! It’s designed to govern the choices we make, our family life, our work, and our leisure time. It covers youth, the middle years, and old age. It helps us deal with both life and death—and it enables us to come out victors in the end.
No wonder the writer of Hebrews calls it “so great a salvation” (2:3)!
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/
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