This summer my family was watching Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 on TV. I have to admit I love Kevin James. I thought he was hilarious on King of Queens. As Mall Cop 2 began, Kevin James made a statement that struck me. Everything seemed to be falling apart in his life and he said, “At least I still had the one thing that never seemed to let me down, security.” He is of course referring to his job as a security guard, but I couldn’t quit thinking about how profound that statement really was.
Security is a hot topic in our culture. We all want to be protected and feel safe from the unexpected. Think about all the precautions we take in order to feel secure. We save and invest for financial security. We do our best at work so that we have job security. We go to the doctor for check-ups so that we have the security of knowing we are healthy. We install alarms on our homes to protect us against crime. We have insurance in case of an unexpected cost. The security list goes on and on.
Unfortunately, none of the ways we try to provide security are foolproof. There is nothing we can do to truly have security in these areas. It can all be lost and taken away no matter how well we plan or live a cautious life. However, this leads me to think about a security that IS guaranteed.
As Christians, our eternal security is something that we can count on. We live in a culture where the focus is all about the here and now. In James chapter 4, he describes our lives as a vapor. If we are fortunate enough to live a long life on earth, it still doesn’t compare to eternity. Only what we do for God’s glory will last.
Certainly, this doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be good stewards of all that God has blessed us with, but I have to remind myself that this life is so temporary. I have to fight against desiring the comforts that I think will bring me joy. I know that there is no eternal value in accumulating things on earth and that I need to invest my energy, time, money, and efforts on the things that matter for eternity. There is comfort in knowing that because of my relationship with Christ, I can trust that my eternal security is in heaven.
As a Christian, this should cause me to live differently. I was created for a purpose, and that purpose above everything else is to glorify God in all that I do. I am thankful that I can rest in the security that Christ provided for me—a security that is available to anyone who calls on His name. A security that truly won’t let me down.
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