I asked what does eternal life look like. I didn’t ask what does heaven look like.
Now, Andy, aren’t they the same thing? Sort of.
What do you mean by that?
Let me share one of my favorite passages of scripture with you today, John 17:1-3:
When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
Jesus is praying to His Father and he says – this is eternal life – they know the only true God, and Jesus Christ who you have sent.
That’s eternal life. Knowing God the Father through Jesus Christ the Son. That’s eternal life. And that starts now. That starts today. That starts the moment we know God through Jesus Christ.
Now, heaven in a place, an eternal place where will know God and be with Him forever. Heaven is a place of resurrection and spiritual bodies. Heaven is a place, if you reading this, we haven’t gotten to yet.
Eternal life is. Being found in God. Knowing God living in God. Breathing in God. Living with God every day of our lives.
That’s eternal life.
And we know that NOW. Today. In this moment.
Every time in our lives that experience God and His grace, every time we experience the moving of the Holy Spirit, every time we know God; through worship, prayer, scripture, service, through the ways that we experience Him, that’s a foretaste of heaven.
That’s a glimpse of heaven. That’s eternal life. And we can know that now.
Today, look for those glimpses of heaven. Look for eternal life in your life today. Look for those moments when you can experience God. That’s eternal life. Knowing the Father through the Son.
No matter where we are today, may we know eternal life.
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