Last week I pulled my phone out of my pocket and it fell flat on it’s screen. I could hear the crushing of the glass on impact. Sure enough, it was shattered. Little pieces of glass hanging on, while others left holes where it used to be. As I tried to slide my finger across, small chards of glass would fall out. Good thing I got Apple Care! Sort of…
Apple’s insurance policy is called Apple Care. You pay a fee when you purchase your device and you are covered for 2 years. Covered just means you don’t have to pay the full price of what they would normally charge you, but you still have to pay. In some ways, I guess it’s like a deductible for any other insurance policy.
The whole insurance system is such an incredible thing. There are brilliant people that are employed as actuaries. Actuarial Science measures and manages risk and uncertainty. These professionals can calculate the expectancy of your life by analyzing certain factors. With this calculation they will determine how much you should pay in premiums for specific policies that you apply for. Amazing! Not too long ago I took out a life insurance policy. Seems I’m actually worth more dead than alive! The other thing I have been looking into is long-term care insurance. So many forms of insurance we need to consider all based on the unknown. We pay insurance premiums because we don’t know what might happen. There is one area of life that I know what the outcome will be. No insurance needed.
All too many people live out their faith as though it were an insurance policy. Fear of the unknown after death leads people to church. They are seeking answers and hope. They want to find peace and comfort in their fear of death. Sunday worship attendance, midweek Bible study and service in the church are nothing short of individuals paying a premium for their Afterlife Insurance policy.
This is not the gospel of Jesus Christ. When the truth of the gospel is revealed to you by the Holy Spirit that is your Life Assurance Policy. John 10 is rich in the depth of the theology of assurance. Verse 27-30 says:
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”
When you hear the Lord’s voice and recognize it is the voice of the Good Shepherd, you have no fear. No one can snatch you from the Father’s hand. I can see those in the church that live out their faith like an insurance policy. Their faith in Jesus is important for their death. Education, career and other things are more important in life. We put the majority of our focus of the things of this life and give money to the church, attend when we can, say prayers before our meals so that when we die, we know we have paid our premiums every month. True faith in Christ does not work that way.
You see, Jesus paid all your premiums in advance we couldn’t afford it. He paid it on the cross. Jesus is in the business of assurance, not insurance. When someone truly understands the gospel, I see a different faith lived out. Christ is the most important over everything in life and death. Those with the assurance policy of the Holy Spirit have a freedom about them. They have a peace that surpasses all understanding. Everything they do becomes worship and obedience to the One who paid it all. When you hear the voice of the Shepherd and you recognize it is the Lord, you cannot do anything else in life apart from Him.
How are you living your faith? Is it an After-life Insurance Policy? Or are you living with the full assurance that the Holy Spirit has revealed to you that Jesus Christ is Lord!? The way you live reflects the heart that seeks insurance or has assurance in what is beyond this life. -jason