(Yes, I know that today is the 29th. I’m still two days behind, but will catch up as soon as the crunch of grading is over!)
1 John 5; Ezra 3-4; Psalm 92
In conversations with people who tell me that they’re Christians sometimes the talk will turn to eternal life and our future in heaven. I don’t know if it’s humility or lack of knowledge that causes a person who claims the name of Jesus to say something like, “Oh, I hope I’m going to heaven.” I have to admit…I cringe when I hear that.
John reminds us not only that we have eternal life (which actually begins the moment we commit our lives to Jesus) but that we can know it. “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” (1 John 5:13) Eternal life is not a hope or a wish; it’s a certainty for those who believe in the name of Jesus.
That certainty gives us the opportunity to show God’s love more and more each day. I don’t have a quota of God’s love to share so that I can maybe have eternal life. Can you imagine how fake that sharing would be? I don’t have to worry that I’m going to do something so bad that God will take His love away from me. Think about it: what could be worse than being part of the team that crucified Jesus? Still, Jesus forgave them from the cross.
That certainty gives us a confidence so that we can share God’s love in the everyday interactions we have. We can also be confident that if anyone we share God’s love with commits their heart to Jesus they too can know that they have eternal life as well. Our hope – our confidence – is based not on our ability or our good works, but on the amazing love and grace of God.
Lord, help me to do a better job of sharing Jesus. Let me reflect Your love and grace to others. Let me help others to have the confidence that they also can enter eternal life with You because of the sacrifice of Jesus.