A Heavenly Benefits Package
By Laura J. Bagby
If you have ever been a recipient of an awesome employee
benefits package, then you know about the peace of mind and financial
relief such an offering can provide.
You don't have to worry as much when the kids get sick. You can
actually visit the dentist twice a year for those regular cleanings.
You get the joy of seeing your money matched as you add to your
retirement plan. Free business lunches come your way. Reimbursement
for car mileage is company policy.
Doesn't it feel good?
Now, what if I told you that God has a benefits package for each
of us that far exceeds what any company or institution could offer?
I like to think of it as a heavenly benefits package. And what's
great about this deal is that as long as you are on God's payroll
working in the occupation of King's Kid, then all of these benefits
Where can you find out about this tremendous special offer? David
spells it out for us in Psalm 103:2-5.
The passage starts, "Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not
all his benefits."
Hold it right there.
Did you catch that it is beneficial to be a believer in Jesus
Christ? Did you see that God is in the business of blessing us?
Get ready for the Lord to pour forth His greatness into your life.
Read the rest of the passage, starting once again with verse
"Praise the Lord, O 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."
OK, so if you were to get this list written down in bullet points,
it would look like this:
- God forgives all of your sins.
- God heals all of your disease.
- God redeems your life from the pit.
- God crowns you with love and compassion.
- God satisfies your desires with good things.
- God restores your youth.
This plan offers an astounding health insurance policy (what
HMO could offer to heal your diseases, let alone all of them and
for free?), an excellent life insurance policy (redemption from
the pit of not only hell, but all other pits you might find
yourself in when you sin), a fitness program that beats working
out at the gym (He renews your youth), a department-provided uniform
(wearing love and compassion), life-changing counseling sessions
(just think of how much better your mental state is when you know
He forgives all of your sins), and an ongoing "satisfaction guaranteed
or your money back" seal of approval that never expires (He satisfies
A six-fold blessing—I like the sound of that.
I don't know about you, but a deal like that makes me want to
shout praises to the Lord. Why not do it today?
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