Thursday, October 30, 2008

Eternal life

Today’s Reading: John 17:3 (NIV)

3 [Jesus said,] “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.”

Good morning!

My husband Jeff shook his head is disbelief as he said with quiet contemplation, “Deb, I can’t believe I’m 52 today.” Time has truly flown by it seems, especially in the last few years. If we blink, we may miss a lot of what is happening around us. The four seasons come quickly now. When we were children, it seemed like an eternity before we were old enough to see out the kitchen window without a chair to boost us up, or to be able to drive the family automobile, or to finally graduate and move out of the house. All of a sudden, life seems to fly by in a whirlwind of activity. We set and make our goals; we work our way through college and find ourselves launched into our chosen career path. Some of us are still trying to graduate. Many fall in love and get married; we have children and, all of a sudden, the life cycle begins again. Without even a warning, we find ourselves standing at the nursery window of the hospital, peering into the leaded glass where we see the reflection of our newborn grandbaby for the very first time. That mirrored reflection causes us to cringe. We don’t look the way we did twenty years ago. Our bodies are older; we are wiser; yet we wonder where the time has gone. Another generation is born. Where has the time gone?

Jesus knew to whom He belonged. He focused not on his time left to live this earthly life, for the time was flying by. He knew he would go home soon, to His Father, for all eternity. More than anything else, Jesus longed for all people to know the Father, the One True God, and for the world to come to know Him, who He is, and whose He is. Once we reach our eternal home, it will be there forever. Time ceases to exist as we know it. For what comes quickly now will be forever one day soon. We will live in a place where the aging process is obsolete, our growth spurt having been completed as Christ perfects us in His grace. We will live one day in perfect relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and in harmony with each other. This life will pass quickly; forever is forever.

Do you know where your life is going? Have you found the One you will one day return to for all eternity? Jesus is waiting for you to see Him for who He is. He wants you to meet and know the Father through Him. Are you ready to ask Jesus Christ to become Lord of your life?

Grace and peace,

Deb Spaulding

Faith UMC - St. Charles, MO


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