How does the gift eternal life, through salvation in Jesus Christ, affect us now in our daily lives?
These Bible verses are among many that assure us of eternal life, as believers in Jesus:
And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. (1 Jo 5:20 ESV, emphasis added)
And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. (Joh 17:3 NKJV)
Having an eternal point of view will change the way that we live as believers. Does anything last forever? Only God. Being mindful of our eternal home in heaven, will prevent us from focusing on the wrong things in this life.
Considering an eternal home in the presence of Jesus and hosts of angels, along with countless brothers and sisters, will help us to reject pride, envy, jealousy, lust for wealth, and many other temptations that are common to human beings.
The Lord has given us the Bible to inform us about our salvation; about His standards of righteous living; and about the endless and bounteous blessings that God pours out upon all people. His word teaches us to think on good and virtuous things, to bear fruit for the kingdom, to always praise God, and to have regular fellowship with other believers.
Living with an understanding of an eternal future in heaven will infuse our daily lives with joy and wonder. God bless you.
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Phil 3:12-14 NIV)
The definition of press on is: to continue moving forward in a forceful or steady way; to continue to do something especially in a determined way.
Paul’s letter to the Philippians (passage shown above) encourages all believers to continue moving forward in their Christian life. He especially wants us to have a sense of determination because there is a definite prize ahead of us that we long to receive. Our hearts must be resolved so that we will stay the course.
Our prize is eternal life with Jesus Christ in heaven. There is no arriving at the destination without understanding that Jesus is the Way. Eternal life is truly the gift of God which we obtain through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
And we will encounter road blocks, challenges, tribulations, and trials along the way. At these points we need to seek the Lord, and to change whatever is necessary in our lives in order to continue on our way.
In a very real, spiritual sense, we need to pursue Christ with fortitude because in doing so we show our resolve to claim Him as our own Savior and Lord. We surrender all and follow His example, His footsteps, and His teachings in order to attain eternal fellowship with Christ. Glory to God!
The sower sows the word. (Mark 4:14)
But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears to hear, let him hear! (Matt 13:8-9, emphasis added)
The phrase ears to hear explains the critical need for a teachable, hearing heart if the seed of Kingdom Truth is to be received and become fruitful in each one of our lives.
A teachable, hearing heart is one that is humble and contrite before God. It’s receptive to the Lord and able to be corrected, so that a complete lifestyle change may result. It values the Word of God above all else and desires to live in obedience to it.
You know your own heart! You know if you will listen and receive correction, or if you will get offended and turn away from God. Only you can make a change in your attitude, if you recognize that a change is necessary. Only you can say, “Yes, Lord, I hear and obey.” The choice is yours, alone. Our loving God will give you the grace and strength to turn your heart around, if that is necessary.
If you already have a teachable, hearing heart, then God rejoices over you! He will continue to enable you to fulfill your calling here on earth. (1 Tim 1:12)
It is by His grace that you are YOU! (1 Cor 15:10) Hurrah!