This is exactly what Christ promised: eternal life, real life!
1 John 2:25 the message
Jesus’ offer of eternal life has gotten “interpreted” by well-meaning people to say, “Oh, well. Yes, of course ... God intends life for you. But that is eternal life, meaning, because of the death of Jesus Christ you can go to heaven when you die.” And that’s true ... in a way. And in the meantime? Isn’t there a whole lot more to the relationship in the meantime? (It’s in the meantime that we’re living out our days, by the way.) What did Jesus mean when he promised us life?
Jesus talks about a life available to you, a glorious, unending life that begins in this age. So does Paul: “Godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come” (1 Timothy 4:8). Your present life, and the next. When we hear the words eternal life, most of us have tended to think, A life that waits for me in eternity. But eternal means unending, not later. The Scriptures use the term to mean you can never lose it. It’s a life that can’t be taken from you. The offer is life and that life starts now. The Renewal begins now.
O Jesus—I pray for every bit of renewal and restoration that can come to me now, while I rest in the promise I will have all I want very soon.