1 John 5; Ezra 3-4; Psalm 92
Many religions have different views on eternal life and how to get it. Most involve human efforts which, as we know from our understanding of human nature, means that they are bound to fail. The Christian view of eternal life is different, though. It is, in fact a simple idea. Eternal life is found in and through Jesus Christ. If you are in fellowship with Jesus, you have eternal life. If you are not in fellowship with Jesus, you don’t have eternal life. “And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5:11-13) Some things that need to be noted about this “simple” concept: it is not a “get out of hell free” card and it represents a continuing, growing relationship with God. Eternal life in Jesus begins the moment we begin our relationship with Him – it’s not something that waits until we die. As we develop our relationship with God, He changes and molds our lives so that every part of our being becomes like Him. Belief is not mere assent to the idea that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead; belief is assent to that truth and letting God change our lives because He has shown that He wants the best for us. As we draw closer to God, we find that He continues to mold us to be a people who reflect His love and His glory. We not only have the Son in our lives, we believe in this truth so much that we become, as Paul said, “ambassadors for Christ” helping others to establish a relationship with God and then helping them grow and develop as followers of Christ. It’s important to remember, though, that all of our actions are not to gain eternal life, but because we have already received it as a free gift from God. Our greatest goal in life; our greatest joy is to help others receive this free gift of eternal life from God who loves and cares for them.
Lord, thank You for the gift of eternal life. I am not able to gain it by my actions, because I fail to live like You would ask far too often. You have forgiven my sin and You continue to mold me to become the person I truly want to become. Help me to share Your love and grace with others who need eternal life.