I truly thank Almighty God for granting a simple mind like I possess some gifts of wisdom on occasion. This is certainly the case this day, as I was brought to consider a sad reality of this fallen world. Just a very quick inquiry brought me to a site on the internet about the net annual expenditures in the United States on insurance premiums. I found a report from 2012 that provided a shocking statistic. Americans spent approximately 1.1 trillion dollars for insurance, of varies kinds, in a single year. The pie chart I reviewed displayed a picture showing the vast majority of 1.1 trillion dollars was spent on life insurance.
I considered this deeply and wondered how I might contrast this in light of the significant revelation I received from the Holy Spirit. I came to consider first, the vast majority of those people throughout the ages who have refused to honor God, and accept our Lord Jesus Christ. I then came to consider we Christians. If the estimates I found, while doing some research are accurate, only 20% of those claiming Christian faith read the Holy Bible daily. Additionally, I found a fair amount of agreement in statistics with regard to Christians and their prayer lives. From the surveys that I researched, the average total time Christians spend in prayer each day is about one minute! A separate survey was taken for members of the clergy that was much more encouraging. Yet even among members of the clergy, the majority of them reported they do not spend as much time in prayer as they should. To contrast this issue of prayer with the teaching of the Apostle Paul, we find a very discouraging phenomenon.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; or this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV
With the average Christian praying just one minute per day, is it any wonder we are experiencing such moral decay in this Country? Should we be amazed that the Christian Church is experiencing such decline in growth rates?
Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Life of the World. All who come to him are assured life eternal, yet most have not, and will not accept this incredible gift of love and mercy.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 ESV
Yet just in this country alone, the average American gives considerable attention and commitment to protecting things which will perish; giving little or no attention to that which shall last forever. O’ how the things of the world stand in contrast to the divine things of God!
I am going to give these things much more consideration and contemplation. I sincerely hope you will join me.
Yours in Christ-