Your Faith in God has not reached maturity until you are literally not afraid to die… Because you look forward to the resurrection and the reward for obedience.
I noticed a few years ago that many pastors in the Detroit area started out selling life insurance. I thought it was because preaching is like spiritual sales, and because financial life insurance is similar to spiritual salvation.
Now I think it’s because the spiritual climate in Detroit is so treacherous, it’s impossible to FULLY obey God unless you are not afraid to die. Knowing that you have been responsible and that your wife and kids will be covered financially helps you to obey God’s more difficult instructions when Satan is threatening you with fear of loss and life.
I remember my former pastor saying that he thought he was going to die before he turned 30 for the whole beginning of his ministry.
At one point I even kept 2 life insurance policies at once, just so the devil knew that if he tried anything, I’d still win big and my wife would crush him. Then God comforted me, and I had one cancelled to save some money! But I’m still not afraid to die, even with only one life insurance policy. I’ve got a much bigger policy in heaven, and my family does too if they follow in real faith.
Satan uses the fear of death to subject you to bondage for your whole lifetime.
15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. Hebrews 2
Jesus was obedient unto death, and got rewarded for it.
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: Philippians 2
Even Abraham’s faith was based on the Resurrection.
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure. Hebrews 11
We overcome Satan by not loving our lives unto death.
11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Revelations 12