In the Beginning...
As I begin my attempt to share my heart with all of you who will eventually find yourselves reading my blog, I am perplexed in where to start. There is so much that has been put into me over the years by our Heavenly Father that it is a bit overwhelming when trying to find a starting point. During my time of prayer this morning I realized that the Lord was making use of my teaching experience (language arts) to talk to me. I felt as if He was saying, “No story begins with the climax, because that would be too much to take in and there would be no context in which to understand what is being seen and told. You must start your story at the beginning.”
Sometimes these questions will be left unanswered until you find your own answer. Other times, I admit that I am merely leading you into an answer I already have come up with. The following question is the latter one. What is the definition of eternal life? Most people see the answer as being a life that goes on forever under the love and care of God. That is not altogether wrong but it is not the answer that Jesus gives and if there is one underlying theme to what you will always hear from me it is that we should always base everything we believe, upon what Jesus has told us.
In John 17:2,3 Jesus give us his definition of eternal life: “....that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” The word, know, that I have underlined, is a relational word, not a knowledge word. It does encompass knowledge but only as a result of relationship. In other words, eternal life is more than a state of being, it is a state of being that comes from an intimate relationship with the Father, Son, and Spirit.
It is my deepest desire and prayer that we all come to a revelatory understanding of what our Heavenly Father has planned for us, before creation began: He desires to share with us the eternal relationship of Father, Son, and Spirit by bringing us into that relationship through the sacrificial death, burial, resurrection and ascension of Jesus. Think about it: When we were born again that primary joy we found was coming into a personal relationship with Jesus. It was a spiritual awakening to realize that we now have our Savior and God living in our very own heart. Taking up residence in us and making our heart His very home! Eternal life is not a train ticket to Heaven, it is an invitation to share in the love relationship of the Trinity!