HomeWord - Sept. 14, 2010
This devotional was written by Kelly McFadden Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. —Hebrews 10:22-23
My husband was leaving the country for a trip, so we began looking for travel insurance for his time abroad. This way, if he was in an accident, needed to cancel due to illness, or if his bags got lost, he needed to visit a hospital, or his flight was cancelled, he was covered. Fifty dollars and a ten-minute phone call was a small price to pay to know he would be covered.
Christians are offered incredible travel assurance, the deal of a lifetime. We have been offered eternal life. In fact, the price has already been paid. God loved the world so much, He sent his only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life. This sounds almost too good to be true. God came in the flesh and bore the penalty of our sins by dying on the cross, then rose from the dead, so that we can spend eternity with Him.
We do not have to pay a dime. Although, I sometimes wish we did. It makes more sense to have to assess the purchase, determine the cost benefit, and then pay the money. When I have had to pay a price, I am more likely to follow up and follow through with my commitment. However, in this case, the price has been paid, the gift has been given. Jesus paid a far greater price than I think I would have been willing to pay He gave His life for us, so that we could have assurance for this life and after.
There is a portion that is our part. We are called to believe and humbly accept the gift. With that belief comes a lifetime of true hope, for, as it we read in the New Testament book of Hebrews, God is faithful and He will follow through on the great gift we have been given.
Have you picked up your travel assurance? Have you professed the name of Jesus and made the Savior, your Savior?
- What kind of hope do you have in knowing that God's eternal assurance plan has been paid for you?
- In what ways do you need to make some lifestyle changes to live in the way the Lord has asked of you, humbly thankful for the gift He gave?
Deuteronomy 4:29; Hebrews 10:36-39