Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Eternal Life Assurance

A farmer who possessed a valuable pig insured the animal for $10,000. This blue ribbon winner stopped to eat a potato that had fallen between the tracts at a railroad crossing. A train was coming. The farmer tried to push the pig off the track. He was a large, stubborn animal and the farmer could not push him easily. Both the farmer and the pig were killed.

The farmer’s wife collected $10,000. from the insurance company on the death of the pig but nothing on the death of her husband, for he was not insured! The dead pig was worth more than the dead husband. The pig was an asset – the dead husband a liability.

The widow paid the farmer’s debts, taxes, and burial expenses out of the insurance on the pig. The pig was buried in a ditch. The farmer was buried in a lovely cemetery. The farmer had no pedigree, no blue ribbons, no insurance, and no savings of any kind.

If the farmer had been killed and not the pig, the situation would have been worse. His widow would have been destitute. The fact that the pig died at the same time as the farmer was a blessing. The pig was not thinking of the farmer; he was thinking of his stomach. The farmer was not thinking of himself; he was thinking of the pig. Both were killed.

However, it is plain that the farmer had a strange sense of values. He considered the pig to be worth insuring, but carried no insurance for himself. He did not consider himself to be worth as much as the pig. His value-judgments were distorted. But there are people today who are making a far greater mistake.

Men are careful to insure their cars, their homes, their businesses, and their lives, but they have no eternal life assurance. They do not stop long enough to consider their ultimate destiny. As far as this world is concerned, they have things well in hand. But that is all.

Jesus said there was a man, a farmer, who had prospered greatly. His barns were too small. He decided to pull them down and build larger ones. The he said to himself, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:16-21

Eternal life assurance can be yours for the asking. The premium is already paid. At death, all the
riches of heaven can be yours. In Revelation 21:1-6 we read: And I saw a new heaven and a
new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more
sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven,
prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying,
Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his
people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all
tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither
shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon
the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are
true and faithful.And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and
the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

There you have God’s insurance policy in black and white, with no fine print to bother you.

How foolish for a man to insure a pig and not insure himself! But the greater fool is the man or woman who has adequately prepared for this life but has made no provision for the next. Be sure
that God’s life assurance policy is in effect where you are concerned.

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” Acts 16:31

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