My friend’s mother was just diagnosed with shingles. As she recounted her mother’s plight, I reminded her that anyone who has not been vaccinated or previously had chickenpox is susceptible to contracting the disease since it was the same virus.
“Well, I don’t have to worry, I was vaccinated!”
“Yes, I am sure you were,” I replied. “But did you ever get checked to see if you seroconverted?”
She looked at me with a quizzical look. “Serocon….?”
I nodded. “Yes. Seroconverted. It is biological proof that the vaccine you received is generating antibodies to the virus. You were vaccinated but the only way to confirm that it worked is to get a blood test and test for antibodies to the virus. If present, you have seroconverted.”
“Wow, “ she said, shaking her head. “Didn’t realize it was so complex. Figure all one needs to do is get vaccinated and that’s it, you’re safe.”
Understandably, only someone with a medical background would be able to understand and further investigate the issue of the efficacy of any vaccination. Without this, one may have a false sense of security of protection, when in fact, one is susceptible to contracting the disease. There are many precautions we undertake in life, trusting our actions will make us safer. We purchase insurance; we get physical examinations; we deposit our money in banks. Like the biological nuances of vaccinations, there may be deeper, more intricate layers that do not reveal the complete truth. Insurance policies may not cover every catastrophic occurrence we may encounter. Physical examinations may not detect the subtle disturbance of heart rhythm that may signal an impending heart attack. Banks may fall victim to identity theft or cyber attacks that create fraudulent transactions.
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.
John 10:27-29 (ESV)
I was an atheist for many years. I listened to the preaching of other Christians, expounding upon the simplicity and beauty of the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ. Could it really be that simple? There had to be a catch! There must be a hidden clause, a back door where I may be shown the exit if I failed. When I first confessed and repented of my sins and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I was assured that my salvation was secure and eternal. There were no additional layers of complexity or uncertainties. Jesus knows me better than I know myself and because He is God, He will always keep and protect me as His sheep.
There is no false sense of security when we are saved by faith in Jesus Christ. It is eternal, secure, and irrevocable. Nothing can ever separate us from the love of God!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.