Many years ago the Lord pressed upon my heart the Words of Jesus from John 17:3, “And this is eternal life, that they may know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ Whom Thou hast sent.” (NASB) I knew that God had forgiven my sins through His Son, Jesus. I realized that He had given me eternal life. Now I understand what eternal life is all about. Jesus defines eternal life for us: knowing God and Jesus. The word “know” in this sentence is a word that means to know intimately. There is the real sense of love and relationship contained within the meaning. Knowing God is much more than gaining a cerebral understanding of concepts and information about God. Knowing God requires the reason but also includes and impacts the whole person, the emotions and the resulting will. God has revealed Himself in the Word of God. Through life events, we come to experience the character of our loving Heavenly Father.
Jesus Christ has died and been raised from the dead so that all who believe upon Him will have eternal life. This eternity of life begins the moment our hearts are made new by the Spirit of the Living God and by faith we believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ Who has paid the penalty of death for our sins. Eternal life is not that which we inherit after we physically die. Eternal life begins the moment we are born again by the Spirit of God. Jesus said that He had “come that you might have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10 NASB) Jesus defines that abundance of eternal life as knowing God and Jesus intimately. Thus, for the believer, the purpose for life is to glorify God by knowing Him in every situation and circumstance of life.
Understanding that the Almighty God is the Sovereign Ruler of the universe and that He is in full control of all contingencies is the peace of the believer. This truth also gives every life event a purpose, the purpose of KNOWING GOD in a new way in the midst of the event based upon what God has revealed about Himself in the Bible. This means that regardless of whether we think the event to be good for us or bad for us, He who began a good work in us will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6). The event is not by chance. The event is an opportunity to know God. God has promised to disclose Himself to us when we respond to life events in obedience to His Word (John 14:21).
For the believer, today is our day of immense opportunity. It is another day our wonderful God has given to us that we might know more of Him. The more we know Him, the more we will love His Son, Jesus. The more we love the Son, the more we will prove our love for Him by obeying His commandments (John 14:21). The more we lovingly obey His commandments the more we impact this world in Jesus’ Name. Therefore, let us:
that we might
Impact the World.