John writes his gospel “so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31). It is an amazing idea that believing leads to life. But it’s not just any life. It’s an eternal life. Jesus said, “And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17:3). I used to think that eternal life was the life that started when you died and went to heaven. I think this is a common misunderstanding. Eternal life is not merely a quantitative life; it is a qualitative life that begins when we believe in Jesus—when we trust who he is, what he has done, and what he continues to do for us. It is a life that is not just for the hereafter but for the here and now.
Does your life reflect that you are living the life Jesus came to give here and now, or the fact that you are waiting for the life hereafter?