Calculated Risk

This summer, we are planning a trip to Israel. During the trip, we will be helping excavate ancient Shiloh, where the Tabernacle was located during most of the period of the Judges. As part of our participation, the archaeological association requires us to have travel insurance. This week, I research and where to buy the insurance. They provide coverage for cancelled trips, delayed flights, lost luggage, and medical costs during the trip. They will even pay up to $1 million if someone needs a medical airplane evacuation. For all this coverage, the cost is significantly lower than I expected. So, I start imagining how unlikely it is that I will need this coverage. Otherwise, it would cost a lot more.

What if you could spend very little to have someone take care of you, and you know that the need is not a possibility, but a certainty? How foolish to ignore the opportunity to protect yourself from a future difficulty that you know without a doubt is going to become a reality. But that is what many people do. Everyone will stand before the judgment seat of Christ. Every person will fail to meet the standard of righteousness that the Holy Creator deserves his creation to meet. Thus, every person will deserve the punishment of God. But a person can avoid that punishment if they act ahead of time.

The key is that you must entrust your soul to the faithful Creator (1 Peter 4:19). How much does that cost? This is what Jesus was talking about when he said “For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?” (Luke 14:28). Well, it requires you make everything in your life subject to Jesus. “Any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:33). But that cost is small in comparison to the blessings you get for all eternity, and here and now. So count the cost. But remember that judgment is not a risk, but a certainty.