665. The Lifetime Warranty

“I’ve been shopping for a new refrigerator,” Stan began.  “Sure a lot of different ones available.”

“Have you decided on one yet?” I asked.

“Getting close,” Stan replied.  “Yesterday I saw one at Honest Sam’s Appliance Store that came with a lifetime warranty.”

“But I suppose there are all sorts of exceptions to that,” I said.

“You’ve got that right,” Stan replied.  “I asked Sam who’s life was the measuring stick.  He said it was for as long as I owned it, but he didn’t have an answer when I asked him what would happen if I died the day after I bought it.”

Continuing, Stan said, “Then Sam said something about it being for the life of the refrigerator.”

“Life of the refrigerator?” I responded.  “That doesn’t make any sense.  What if it died the day after you got it?”

“That’s exactly what I asked,” Stan said.  “Then the truth came out.”

“What truth?” I asked.

“That it really isn’t a lifetime warranty,” Stan replied, “it’s only for a certain number of years.”

“That seems to me,” I said, “kind of like a misrepresentation.”

“Me, too,” Stan responded.  “I decided to not buy a refrigerator from Sam.”

“However,” he continued, “this whole thing did bring to mind the truth and validity of God’s lifetime warranties.”

“God gives lifetime warranties?” I replied. “How so?”

“First of all,” Stan replied, “there’s life eternally with God when my time here is done.  That one is for the life of God, which is eternal.  That’s a really long time!”

“Secondly,” he continued, “there’s the eternal life of knowing God the Father and Jesus the Son mentioned in John’s gospel.  I believe that the pursuit of that knowledge is to occur on this side of eternity and is to continue for as long as I have life.  Thus, that is truly a lifetime warranty of drawing ever closer to God.”

“Sounds like God’s lifetime warranties have you covered,” I replied.

“Not just me,” Stan said.  “All who call on the name of the Lord are covered.”

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I am with you always, even to the end of the age.  Matthew 28:20.

Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you.  He will not fail you or forsake you.  Deuteronomy 31:6.

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.  Isaiah 41:10.

Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be delivered.  Joel 2:32; Romans 10:13.

And this is eternal life, that they may know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent.  John 17:3.

Prayer:  Thank you, Father, for the assurance of salvation for when my time here is done.  Thank you I can look forward to spending eternity in your presence.  Thank you, too, for the opportunity to pursue knowing you and Jesus more deeply for the rest of the time I have on this side of eternity, knowing you will never leave nor forsake me.  Please, Father, help me in wanting to know you and Jesus as deeply as possible.  Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of your Son.  Amen.

Think on this:  Have you accepted the free and gracious gift of life eternally with God?  If not, why?  If so, are you pursuing the opportunity to know Him and Jesus as fully as possible on this side of eternity?  Why or why not?  Do you agree that pursuing that knowledge is eternal life?  Why or why not?  If you want to pursue that knowledge, do you know how to do so?

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