Statement of Benefits

A few weeks after visiting the doctor, my health insurance company sends me something called a “Statement of Benefits.” It outlines all the services my insurance policy will cover. This is where the rubber meets the road and I find out just how good my policy is. If I’m only covered for basic care, or routine check-ups, or if there are extra bells and whistles that make my policy the gold standard all other insurance policies wish they were.

I have a Great Physician – and my Great Physician has a “Statement of Benefits” too. Only this “Statement of Benefits” is dynamic and perfectly tailored to each individual policy-holder. It is designed to meet every possible human need and will adjust at each shift of circumstance, no matter how subtle. If I were to receive a “Statement of Benefits” in my mailbox today, I think it would say something like this:

For your recent visit to the Great Physician, Old Rugged Cross Insurance will provide the following coverage:

No guilt in life, no fear in death (Romans 5:9-11)

Strength for your days (Deuteronomy 33:25)

Hope (Romans 5:5)

Wisdom – just ask (James 1:5)

Forgiveness – for everything forever (1 John 1:9)

Peace (Philippians 4:7)

Joy (John 15:11)

The Desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4)

Here’s the fantastic thing. These benefits are for right now! For this life here on earth! This is full-coverage health insurance – not just the life insurance so many people tend to think it is. This is the plan that enhances life right here right now. God is interested in our eternity, but God is also interested in our quality of life on earth while we are here (John 10:10).  If you are clinging to your faith as some sort of fire insurance intended only to save you from eternal separation from God, you are missing out on the comprehensive coverage made available to you as someone who is living a new life in Christ. Forget not all God’s benefits!

Praise the LORD, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:1-5

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