By Leonard Lauriault
While on vacation this summer, a lizard ran across the road right in front of me and the old question came to mind, so I woke up my wife and asked her, “Why did the lizard cross the road? (Answer: Because he thought he had good insurance.) She groaned and went back to sleep.
Many people think they have good insurance when it comes to their relationship with God and their surety of heaven (their eternal life). The problem is, they’ve taken the “salesman’s” word for it without reading the policy (the Bible) for themselves (1 Timothy 4:1-3; 2 Timothy 2:3-4; Romans 10:2-3; by the way, life insurance will not protect your life; it merely might assure that there might be something for your heirs after your debts and/or final expenses are all paid).
Others, who also haven’t read nearly enough of the policy, HOPE their insurance will be good enough to get them into heaven. While they’ve done what God said to do with the promise of salvation for those who obey, they still doubt whether their obedience is sufficient (Hebrews 5:7-9; 1 Peter 1:22-25; John 15:14-18; Acts 2:38-39; 6:7; 8:35-39; 22:16; Ephesians 1:13-14). Actually, our obedience isn’t sufficient without God’s promises to save the obedient, but doubt can interfere with our salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9, 1-7; Romans 6:3-5; James 2:17, 24, 26; 1:5-6; Mark 9:24). We can know that we have eternal life if we’ve obeyed God based on his testimony through the Holy Spirit given as a surety bond when we’re immersed in baptism to become a Christian, through the water of baptism, and through the blood of Jesus, which cleanses us of our sins when we’re baptized and as we seek forgiveness for sins committed after we’ve become a Christian (I John 5:13, 7-12; 1:5-9; Hebrews 9:14; 10:22; Colossians 2:9-13; 1 Peter 3:20-22; Ephesians 5:25-27; 1:13-14; Acts 19:1-5).
Some people, thinking they have good insurance, take unnecessary and inappropriate chances, much like the lizard crossing the road in oncoming traffic (or some husbands who wake up their wife to tell a stupid joke). Probably all insurance companies might include a clause in their policies relieving them of liability if the policyholder participated in unsafe acts or professions or traveled to some foreign countries. Living in sin is an unsafe act akin to traveling to a dangerous foreign country (Luke 15:11-24; Hebrews 6:4-12; 1 John 2:3-6).
I know I have good insurance regarding my eternal life having read the policy many times and just followed its guidelines. And, while waking the wife for a dumb joke could be a dangerous thing, it’s probably not among the sins unto death for which God would not forgive me (1 John 5:16-17). Having confidence in my salvation isn’t bragging about myself; rather, I have a zeal based on knowledge that relies on God’s promises.
Are you diligently studying your Bible for confidence in your eternal life insurance as you look forward to Jesus’ return to pay off the policy (2 Timothy 2:15; 4:6-8)?
Leonard Lauriault is a member of the Church of Christ in Logan. Contact him at lmlaur@