Every time I get a letter from an insurance company my kids plead, "Dad can we switch to Geico?" They love their commercials & evidently Sterling & Steele think you get a free gecko with each policy you buy.
Reading Luke 12 made me think of insurance (the health & life kind). In verse 13-21 Jesus tells a parable about a rich man whose land produced a good crop. Verse 17 says,
17He (the rich man) thought to himself, 'What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.He ended up building bigger barns to store his grain for the future so he could take life easy. Is there anything wrong with that? Don't we do that & call it retirement?
20"But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?Whoa! What did he do wrong?
21"This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God."Evidently his problem was that he was not rich toward God. What does that mean? Who was he thinking of in verse 17? What if he would have thought of God instead of himself & asked, "God, what would you have me do with all of the grain that you blessed me with?" Does verse 21 imply that you can't store things up for yourself & be rich toward God? As opposed to storing things to use for God's Kingdom where you have such a loose grip on your possessions that you can give things away without a second thought. Nothing really belongs to us anyway, does it?
Dt 10:14 To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it.
Jesus continues in Luke 12.
22Then Jesus said to his disciples: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.
Does this verse relate to the parable He just told? Is He giving us assurances that if we apply the lesson He just taught (being rich toward God) that we don't have to worry about what we spend money on? Jesus goes on to talk about how God takes care of birds & flowers and then says:
O you of little faith! 29And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
Is Jesus saying that if you're rich toward God & seek His Kingdom, He will make sure you're fed & clothed & if you don't believe that, you have little faith because unbelievers are the ones who worry?
32"Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.Do not be afraid of what? To trust in God's promises? Isn't that why we don't trust in His promises? The fear of what might happen when we give up control of our lives to Him. Jesus talks a lot about faith & not being afraid. Real trust eliminates fear.
33Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.So, by giving your stuff away you're storing up treasures in heaven that will never run out. Wow. So if we truly believed this, how different would our lives be?
Matthew chapter 6 adds this to the story:
33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.Jesus specifically tells His followers who are seeking God's Kingdom first not to worry about money, food, clothes or what's going to happen tomorrow. Is Jesus also telling us not to worry about what might happen? And it looks like the more we give away, the better. I've heard Christians say, "You can't out-give God." We all agree with that. But have you ever tried?
Back to my question of what kind of health & life insurance you have. What if we actually took Jesus at His word, were rich toward God, sought His Kingdom first & decided that our insurance would be making sure we're healthy, hearty & happy? Doing what we can to make sure our family is spiritually centered, physically fit, mentally stable & socially adapt. Then, instead of giving His money to Geico or State Farm or whoever, we could use more of it for Kingdom causes. Would that please Jesus?
Can you imagine a scene in heaven where God says, "Well Mr. Jones, I know you gave a lot to the poor, supported missionaries & helped the needy. But if you would have just spent some of that money on a good insurance policy instead, you could be getting the help you need right now." I can't. Jesus likes it when people take risks for Him. I pray that we will take Jesus at His word & live more by faith.