Eternal: Existing without beginning or end; forever existent.
Eternity: The endless time following death. Life: A spiritual state
regarded as a continuation or perfection of animate existence after death: eternal life.
Devotion for Eternal Life
My grandmother recently passed on, at the ripe old age of 93 and I miss her so much! We lived in different states, so we used to spend a lot of time talking on the phone. The sound of her voice, just saying my name, always brought a smile to my face. She will always hold a special place in my heart. While my husband and I were at the viewing, before the funeral, I noticed that there were not many tears. All the different relatives were reminiscing, laughing and drawing strength from each other. They each had their own “grandma”, “mother”, or “a good friend” stories. When the time came to tell my grandma goodbye, standing by the casket, I could hear her saying, “No tears, Linda, no tears”. Honestly, all I could do, when I looked at her lying there, was smile. It has always been that way for me, when I think about grandma I smile. Why, because she had a strong love for the people in her life. It didn’t matter whether you were her grandchild, her child, a friend or a complete stranger; love simply flowed from her heart to others.
Where did that love come from? If you could have spent time with her, it wouldn’t be long before you knew that she loved the Lord. She used to say, “Life is so hard, even with the Lord, it makes you wonder what people do who don’t have the Lord?” I smile because I know without a doubt, that my grandma is in heaven with God and putting her arms around everyone who is there. Her mother, my great-grandmother, used to pray: “Lord, I pray that if there is a person on this earth, with even one drop of my blood, they would accept you, Jesus, as their Lord and Savior.” Such a simple prayer, but I think she covered many generations to follow! One day, my Grandma asked me if all my brothers and sister were saved . . . I told her yes. She simply said, “Prayer works!”.
If you believe the bible, then you have to believe that there is a heaven, there is a hell and all humanity will spend eternity in one or the other. The bible doesn’t leave any room for doubt. I think that Jesus made himself very clear; God is the giver of eternal life, and this life is in his Son, Jesus Christ the Lord. The bible shows us the terrible alternative for those who don’t seek God during their lifetime. Revelation 14:11 says; “And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night”. I once heard a preacher say, “It really doesn’t matter whether you believe in heaven or hell and eternity, your unbelief, doesn’t make it any the less true.” The question is; “What will you do with God and where will you spend eternity?”
If we trust God with our eternal souls, then we surely believe that we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. So, why do I continue to smile when I think about my grandma? Because I know that, her earthly journey is over and she is truly at home, in the house of the Lord. One day, I will run again into her arms, we’ll smile at each other, rub noses together and hug each other with eternal joy!
Matthew 19:16 -17
Now a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.”
Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.
“You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”
After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: That they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.”
I John 5:9-12
We accept man’s testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. Anyone who believes in the son of God has this testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
Jesus said to her (Martha), “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, and once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him….
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.