I realized earlier today that fits perfectly with the Nationwide jingle, which I find rather ironic because well, that’s what it seems many treat Him as; an insurance policy.
We all know those that when put on the spot and asked, will say, “Sure, I know Jesus, and He’s my savior,” but the remainder of the time, act as they always have, showing no outward signs of an inward change having taken place. Could very well be that I am speaking of you. (I know I myself was guilty of the above in my life.)
It’s as though they feel protected by having taken a single moment to pray for forgiveness but feel no need to really be changed and instead, continue as they had before, believing that because they told God they’re a sinner and need help, that they’re good.
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?
You know the ones. When life is good, you never hear them utter a word about prayer or church, but once they scrape along rock bottom for an inch or two, turn back to God and ask for guidance and help.
He’s not an insurance policy that you purchase, set aside, and only call on in case of emergency, and He is most certainly not a life insurance policy that you purchase while alive and only see the benefit of once you die.
“But why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?”
See that? It’s pretty simple, really. If He is truly Lord in your life, you do the things He says, follow His example, and have a regular relationship with Him, thereby showing your love of the Lord.
“If you love Me, keep My commandments.”
For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.
1 John 5:3
But be doers of the word, not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
“You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.”
The blessings don’t come merely by knowing of Jesus. Even Richard Dawkins has heard of him. The blessings come by following His example and living for Him. By taking the steps necessary to move from being a sedentary hearer into the realm of actively doing. Sure, if I stay inside, out of traffic, away from obnoxious drivers, I am most certainly not hating people (thereby committing murder in my heart because of the mere thought, Matthew 5:28) but I am far from showing God’s love for people. After all, we were not charged with abstaining from becoming aggravated with others, but rather, to love others.
Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.”
So yes, it is a daily choice that each must make as to which master will be served each and every morning; the world or the Lord.
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammom.
Pretty cut and dried. Not to be taken lightly as one does when they get an insurance policy. Once the coverages and deductibles are set, the premium is oftentimes set up on a direct payment method, (just for the additional discount that grants,) and then not given a second thought.
Rather similar to those that realize at one point that they need God and willingly accept the gift of His salvation through the blood of Christ. They will even confess their transgressions to God and, for a time, attempt to reconcile themselves not only with the Almighty, but also with others. Soon, however, the premiums of regular fellowship with other believers, reading of the Bible, and prayer seem to be too expensive a price to pay.
What happens when you don’t pay your insurance premium?
Your policy lapses and no longer has effect.
“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place- unless you repent.”
If I regard iniquity in my heart,
The Lord will not hear.
Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.
It’s a daily choice to follow Christ. We are called children of God, and as with earthly children and their parents, there is regular communication and fellowship. It is not to be any different between us and our Heavenly Father.
Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’
The reality of the situation is that once you fully grasp what Jesus did for you on the cross, it is completely life altering and there is no way you can, (or certainly even wish,) to go back to the way things were before God. Being on fire for God comes naturally.
You begin to see fellowship, both with other believers, and with your Savior as something that you look forward to actively participating in instead of something that you view more as a job that you are required to check into and punch a time clock at. It’s the life altering difference between “have to” and “get to.”
“Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
“So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.”
“For many are called, but few are chosen.”
“For God so loved the world that He sent his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
So again, it’s pretty clear. God desires for all to be saved through His Son, Jesus, but clearly expresses that while He calls to everyone, not everyone will heed His call and find the narrow path to salvation. One of the reasons not many make it to the narrow path is that they treat God as an insurance policy instead of as Abba, Father.
He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
This is not a situation where you are able to sit on the edge of the pool dangling just your feet into the water to obtain the best of both worlds. This is either all or nothing. Either you are fully committed to God, or you are still a slave to sin living in the world. What happens when you try to mix a fresh pot of coffee and ice cubes? You get melted ice and coffee that is cold in spots, but still hot in others; overall, a beverage that is neither hot nor cold, but lukewarm.
“So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.
Sitting on the edge of the pool is not going to cut it. You’re either sunning yourselves on the lounge chairs, or cannon balling into the deep end shouting for joy all the way in.
Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as the lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.
See that? God loved you, the broken sinner that you are, so much that He became sin for you and died so that you may now turn to Him and choose to live. You do not work to earn your salvation. It’s already been given freely, the moment that you accept that gift from God. Instead, you now go out and work because of the gift of grace you have been given. Paying a monthly premium does not cut it, and God will not be treated as an insurance policy.