There’s an old insurance commercial tag line that says, “Own a piece of the rock.” And, you know, we really all want to do just that. We want total security. We want security for our homes, our neighborhoods, and our schools. We want the latest in alarm systems for homes, cars, schools, and businesses. We want insurance to protect us from financial loss. We want insurance to protect us from the high cost of health care. But insurance companies go bankrupt, and the annuities we were counting on for retirement can just disappear. We can have diseases that our insurance doesn’t cover. Yet we believe we really can “own a piece of the rock,” meaning that we can be totally safe, secure, and protected.
But folks, this just ain’t so. We are foolish to try so hard to be protected from all ills when cancer can find its way into the youngest, healthiest of bodies. We simply cannot protect ourselves from drunken drivers, mass shootings, terrorist attacks, or even from the kids in our own neighborhood. You should lock your doors, walk or drive your children to school, use your seat belts, eat healthy, exercise, and drive safely because God certainly wants you to do all you can to stay in service to others.
We are truly a foolish people if we think we can “own a piece of the rock” and thus not worry. We need to do what we say on our money—“In God We Trust.” The problem comes when we trust ourselves and not God. If we trust God, we should be looking for ways to be in service to God and in service to others for God. When my life on this world runs out, I hope people can say that the last time they saw me – whatever I was doing—that I was serving God. Real security only comes from God. There is not anything that we can do that will protect us from all ills, but if we have given our hearts to God, nothing can separate us from His love. Jesus reminded us that the two greatest commandments were to love God and to love our neighbors. There are no commandments about financial security or home security. In fact, we are told in no uncertain terms not to pile up treasure on earth but to pile up treasure in heaven, for where our treasure is, there our hearts are also. Let go of your “piece of the rock” on this earth and grab onto the rock that is the peace of God. Build your life on that “Rock of Ages” and you will find a peace that nothing else can provide. That peace is the only security you will ever need.