Eternal life is an intimate, personal, progressive relationship with the Almighty God and his Son.
I am currently working through the book, “The Man God Uses,” by Henry Blackaby in a men’s Bible study. The quote above is one that jumped out at me as I studied this book.
One of the reasons I started writing this blog is to remind believers that we are created for eternity. God didn’t just offer us salvation through his Son as the terminating point of our relationship with him. Indeed, this should be the start of our walk with God as he prepares us for eternity.
I like this quote because it serves as a reminder that “going to Heaven” really means having an eternal fellowship with God. I think sometimes we get caught up in the desire to go to Heaven, (because, after all, that is the better of the two choices!) and forget what that means.
In any relationship there must be progression and growth. Sometimes that relationship is strained when that growth happens. Usually growth occurs when we are stretched in a direction that is uncomfortable to us. Muscles grow when we break them down by lifting heavy things, finances grow when we discipline ourselves to spend less and invest more, and relationships grow when we go through times that require trust and faith in another.
That is the point of this quote: when we get saved from our sin, that is the beginning of our long walk towards eternity with Christ. That is when the real relationship building begins. We start to realize how far from Holy we are and we begin to rely on the relationship with the Living God to shape us into someone fit for eternity.
When we remember that we have a relationship with a loving Father it makes it easier for us to trust Him, walk with Him, and grow in his love. We can know that each struggle we face has a purpose. Each stumble we overcome makes us stronger. Our rewards may not be realized here on earth, but we can trust Him to be storing up our treasures in Heaven.
And this is the real and eternal life:
That they know you,
The one and only true God,
And Jesus Christ, whom you sent.
Remember, the key to eternal life is a dynamic, growing relationship with the Almighty God and his Son.
What can you do today to improve that relationship?