I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. I John 5:13
As a child, I remember studying about Ponce de Leon – who sought to find the “fountain of youth” in hopes of discovering the secret to a long life on earth. Supposedly, that is a myth but it is certainly engrained in my memory. Recently I heard the modernday adage to achieving a long physical life and it goes something like this:
Eat half; walk double; laugh triple, love always
What is it that we seek? Do we seek a long physical life on earth or to be blessed with a long spiritual life – an eternal life in Heaven with our Lord and Savior? For me, it is a blend of both – to live a long physical life on earth where I can serve my Lord in every way possible followed by being welcomed into the Church Triumphant with eternal life. As the scripture says in John, our faith in Jesus Christ is what assures us a place in Heaven. He died for us, and through His death on the cross, if we profess our faith in Him, we will be saved. Thereby, we are promised life eternal - so we might say the message for eternal life is:
Live faithfully, love eternally, and believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior
Prayer: Our Heavenly Father – we thank You for the many blessings You have given us, especially for the love of Your son, Jesus Christ, who died on the cross so that we might be saved. Forgive us for all our wrongdoings and know that through our faith, we seek to live with You forever. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.