DEVOTION – DAY 34
1 John 2:25 – “Eternal Life – what is it?”
1 John 2:25: “And this is what He promised us – eternal life.”
When Christians come across the words “eternal life” many think it refers to being in heaven when they die. It means a life that will never end. But that is not the whole picture. Eternal life begins the moment a person begins his or her personal relationship with God by accepting and believing that he or she is a sinner and in need of the Savior and Lordship of Jesus Christ. It is living the divine life now in every daily situation including right in the midst of a Covid-19 lockdown. How does this work, you may ask?
Towards the end of last year, I suffered some hearing loss in one ear. I prayed and also saw doctors. The treatment I took did not help. I realized I had a choice in how I want to respond to this condition. I could ask God why He allowed this to happen to me and why my prayers remain unanswered. I could be fearful that the condition would worsen. But I also reminded myself that I live the eternal life now and that may well include partial hearing loss in one ear from now onwards. I could choose to tell the Lord that He lives in me and I trust that He will enable me to continue to live and serve Him despite minor challenges. I can still thank the Lord that the hearing loss is partial and that I am still able to function as I adjust to the partial hearing loss. It would enable me to also empathize with others who have their own ailments and concerns. I chose the latter approach and the Lord granted me peace and I have not had any fear that my condition would worsen. This then is the eternal life, to live with God and trusting Him in every daily situation.
During this period of fear and uncertainty, we can choose to be fearful that we may get infected by Covid-19. We can be glued to our social media devices and get depressed by the bad news of the virus. We can worry about the coming recession and loss of income. Or we can look at what is happening around us through the lens of eternal life as promised by God. We can choose to see the Covid-19 situation as an opportunity to focus on the things that really matters in our lives. We can prioritize and simplify our lives. We can spend more quality time with our immediate family. Thank God we are free from infection and count our blessings. We can prepare for the future where we may have to tighten our belts and do with less.
Let us pray: Heavenly Father, thank you for the promise and reality of the eternal life that we can enjoy every day and in every situation. Help us to look at our circumstances through your eyes and not ours. In the precious name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
- How has your ideas about eternal life change as a result of looking at it in this way?
- How will you choose to spend this time of global uncertainty?
- How will you choose to live the eternal life here and now?