God’s Will for Our Life

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"So you must remain faithful to what you have been taught from the beginning. If you do, you will remain in fellowship with the Son and with the Father. And in this fellowship we enjoy the eternal life he promised us." - 1 John 2:24-25

Most of us read the words eternal life as though they only apply to heaven in the future. Eternal life is life that never ends, but the essential factor about eternal life is not quantity, but quality.

What John is speaking of here is not merely something we are going to get in heaven someday, but it is something we can experience and enjoy now. It is fullness of life, the full quality of divine life lived out in your situation, right now, and increasing in fullness of enjoyment forever. In other words, eternal life is the daily adventure of experiencing God's solution to every problem instead of your own. It is the discovery of God's program for every opportunity, instead of yours. Every time we are confronted with a problem, there are two things we can do.

1. We can try to work out the problem, on our own. When we do, the result is inevitably the same. Life dissipates into a drabness, a boredom, a routine that leaves us utterly uninterested and desiring to be uninvolved.


2. We can have God's offer His solution to any problem or opportunity. In any situation we can say, Lord, we need Your help! Then we can sit back and watch God care for that situation and more. As we do, we discover that His Will begins to unfold in that situation. Every obstacle becomes a glorious opportunity to display the fullness of glory, wisdom, and power that is in the God who has come to live and make His home within us..

If we are ready to give ourselves to the Word of God, to let it possess us, to understand it, and to obey it—if that which you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. The experience of that is eternal life!

Father, grant to me, through all the feeble searchings of my heart, the discovery of eternal life in my everyday experience. Amen.
Sep 17 2018