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GOSPEL TRUTH: Security Alert

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Have you seen these headlines before? They are all true — and they make sober reading. The perpetrators of crime may still be a minority, but they continue to thrive. The victims of crime are many. Although some may be more vulnerable than others, we are all at risk and must all take care.

 

Car theft continues to rise. Who has not seen the charred remains of a burnt out car at the side of the road? A joy-rider drove it away and then destroyed it — along with all the evidence. Even if you are adequately insured, the loss of your car can still be a great inconvenience.

 

Credit card fraud losses now amount to £300m annually in the U.K. Currently one third of this is through cloning — copying card data on to a bogus card. Keep your cards safe at all times, and never lose sight of your credit card when making a transaction.

 

Video cameras now play an even greater role in combating crime. Office buildings and stores make use of security cameras, and you can see them at railway stations and in shopping precincts. If we are “innocent” we need not fear the film that records us passing. It is there to deter the potential thief and to identify the guilty if necessary.

 

At home an outdoor security light can be an effective deterrent. Five-lever locks are strongly recommended, and so are locking windows. Insurance premiums have risen fast on account of an increase in the number of burglaries. It is sensible to take precautions and to be adequately insured.

 

YOUR OWN SECURITY

You may already be very careful with your property and may take no risks. Your insurance cover may be adequate. It is possible, however, that you may lack cover for “one thing” (1). While very security-conscious for your possessions, what about yourself? Your home, your car, your credit cards and bank balances and all your possessions will be left behind one day. No one can deny what the Bible states: “We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain that we can carry nothing out” (2).

 

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, asked these questions: “What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”(3) The answer to each question is searching. To gain untold wealth and possessions and then to lose your own soul is a tragedy beyond compare. Nothing whatsoever can be given in exchange for your soul.

 

THE RIGHT COVER

Insurance companies recognize the need for their clients to have the right cover. God knows that we need the right “cover” before we die. For this reason He sent His Son, and “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (4). Out of love for us Jesus willingly accepted the just punishment of a holy God and gave His life for us at a place of execution two thousand years ago outside Jerusalem. Within three days He rose from the dead before ascending to heaven a short time afterwards. His blood is the only payment God can accept as “atonement” for the soul (5).

 

DON’T BE LATE

It’s always wise to be prepared. We need to take precautions to minimize the risk of becoming the latest victims of crime. Who wants to suffer loss? In the same way we must attend to the matter of our own personal security and be saved before we die. We cannot save ourselves; only the Lord Jesus Christ can save us from eternal punishment. “He is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him” because He is alive for evermore (6). Turn to Him in prayer and sincerely ask Him to forgive you. Give your life to His control and follow Him. Don’t delay or neglect the needs of your own soul. Tomorrow may be too late. “Behold, now is the day of salvation” (7).

 

END NOTES:- (1)Mark 10:21; (2)1 Timothy 6:7; (3)Mark 8:36-37; (4)1 Timothy 1:15; (5)Leviticus 17:11; Hebrews 9:12; (6)Hebrews 7:25; (7)2 Corinthians 6:2.