Are You Covered?

Unless you’ve been living in a cave, chances are that you have noticed the debate over health care reform. But take heart, dads. I’m not here to sell you on Medicare for All, the Affordable Care Act, or anything with the word Act in the title. I simply want to ask whether you are covered.

Like it or not, your body will one day die. Like it or not, everyone will go to one of two places: Heaven or Hell. Where you end up depends on the plan you choose in life. You can go with what the world says, or you can trust Jesus as Lord and Savior. If you go with the world, then you will go to Hell when you die. If you choose Jesus, then you will have a life after death.

In my experience, this is generally where people have questions. One is, ‘If God loves us so much, then why do bad things happen to good people?’ The best answer I can give them is that there are no good people. I mean no disrespect to your loving relative, friend, or neighbor. The truth is that all of us are fallen people, based on decisions made by the first people God created. As a result, we are born sinners (Psalm 51:5, Isaiah 53:6, Romans 3:23). You may not like this either, but at least God didn’t kill them and go with a different plan that did not involve you ever existing. Because He forged ahead, we all must pay our sin debt through death (Romans 6:23). Good works will not save us (Proverbs 14:12, Isaiah 64:5-6, Ephesians 2:8-9). A blood sacrifice is required (Leviticus 17:11). Jesus, the Messiah promised in the Old Testament, is our atonement (Isaiah 53:4-6, Hebrews 10:14).

Despite what you may have heard, despite what you may believe, God loves you. He loves all of us, and He gave us His Son Jesus to die for our sins (John 3:16-17, Romans 5:8-9). All you need to do in return is to believe Him, trust Him and ask Him to be your Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9-13). Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. No man comes to the Father (God) but through Jesus (John 14:6). So while individuals, lawmakers and special interest groups argue over health care, pick a plan. Pick Jesus.

“I heard about His healing,
Of His cleansing pow'r revealing.
How He made the lame to walk again
And caused the blind to see;
And then I cried, "Dear Jesus,
Come and heal my broken spirit,"
And somehow Jesus came and bro't
To me the victory.

O victory in Jesus,
My Savior, forever.
He sought me and bought me
With His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him
And all my love is due Him,
He plunged me to victory,
Beneath the cleansing flood.”

--Lyrics from Victory in Jesus by E.M. Bartlett

Chris Woodward

Assistant Editor, One Million Dads
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