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Fire Insurance or Relationship

By Mack | August 31, 2008

Have you ever thought about this?  I am sure you have if you are the kind of person that tries to seriously look inward and see what you are really made of. I heard a sermon once about people “gettin’ saved” and how they were really just interested in the “fire insurance”.  It cut me to the core.  I was that person.  This was back when I was a young adult.  I had made excuses for everything that conveniently allowed me to do whatever I wanted and still be going to heaven.  The object of the sermon was that maybe if you just have fire insurance, you really don’t.  That is a scary thought.  I mean, I had said all the lines that a Christian has to say to be redeemed, so I thought.  I had been baptized and I was a member of the Palestine Baptist Church!  My dad was a leader in the church. So I must have assurance that I would go to heaven.  I figured I was just taking advantage of all the grace and mercy and forgiveness that Jesus offered.

The only relationship I had was one of pleading for forgiveness when the guilt was too great

. I didn’t really know God, and I certainly didn’t want Him getting into my life. Somehow, I thought it would all work out, and I’d have some fun , then I’d say I’m sorry and that was that. I wanted to keep God in a small box in my room, and I’d talk to Him if I needed Him. It is funny how my conscience got less and less bothered by my actions.  I can see now how a person could go so long in this way of thinking that the conscience would no longer be a factor.

Well, I have since come to know a Savior.  My point is that a relationship is much different than fire insurance. I am not sure if fire insurance exists really. If a person thinks that they can accept Jesus as their savior, then continue to live like the world and maybe ask forgiveness now and then, well, I’m not sure that is real. Jesus said in John the following:

John 14:23  Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.”

Are we obeying?  That is a question we can all ask of ourselves and I’m sure we all fall short.  But are we trying to obey?  Some things are pretty simple.  Are you seeking to know Him? Reading His word?  ( And when I say you, I mean me too).  How can we know Him if we are not seeking Him and reading His word?  We can’t.

Are you listening to good music?  Music can speak to a part of your heart that nothing else seems to touch.Are you trying to fill yourself with good things? Whatever you put into yourself is what you will become.  We have to turn our eyes away from the very things that will poison our souls if we linger.

As sure as I am writing this right now, we are all going to die. I hate to break that to you, but you are going to die.  What then?

Romans 14:11 (New International Version)

New International Version (NIV)

11 It is written:
   ” ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
   ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.”

All will confess, but not all be saved.  God has given all, but He will not be mocked.  Talk to Him today.  Begin a relationship if you have none.  Strengthen your relationship if you have one. Help a struggling friend find Him.

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