I was about to write something else when my attention was snagged by the date: February 1, 2000. So much attention had been put on Y2K, and the momentous day came ... nothing happened out of the ordinary ... and now one month of this new year has already gone by. That's 1/12th of the year. And it seems just the blink of an eye. And there's no indication of a slow-down any time soon! Sometimes it just makes my head go into a spin, though I'm sure that doesn't happen to any of you. :)
Now, I have no intention of suggesting to you that time is irrelevant ... I can't fit an argument of that size into my schedule! :) But I will ask you this: Does Time keep you from Eternity? Let me put it another way: Do you view "Eternal Life" as something that will happen after you die?
And this is eternal life, that they might know You, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. John 17:3
and the life was manifested, and we have SEEN and testify and proclaim to you THE ETERNAL LIFE, which was with the Father and was manifested to us -- 1 John 1:2
Sounds like eternal life is defined as a relationship and as a person. Why do we usually interpret John as saying AFTER-life instead of ETERNAL-life?
What if we really HAVE eternal life NOW (as John had often stated)? What if the relationship we have with the Father and the Son is the very stuff of eternity? Doesn't it seem rather absurd to wait for something we already have as if ONE day it will come?
Paul encouraged Timothy to
take hold of the eternal life to which you were called 1 Timothy 6:12
If you ever considered the verse to be teaching that eternal life was something to be GAINED then you need to read it again. I saw a sci-fi flick years ago where an old man was telling this young kid to "Grab hold of life with both hands". He wasn't being told to GET life, but to LIVE life. Eternal life is what we have been called to. We already got it. Are we acting like it's yet to come? Or are we grabbing hold with both hands and realizing that THIS IS THE LIFE WE HAVE BEEN CALLED TO? This life is Christ in you, the hope of glory!
Until next time .....
the shovel (aka "Jim")