Tuesday, January 14, 2014

1 John 5:13-15

"These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him."
1 John 5:13-15

 The first verse here assures us that we have eternal life.  I think just that is huge.  We get so worried about death sometimes: ours and other people's, but eternal life, if we really believe in it, changes everything.  We lived before we came here, and we will live afterward, and this life is just a very very short test to see what we will do with perfect freedom... a way for us to experience real choice and to know what joy and pain are like.  To gain bodies and know what it is like to be pulled in many directions... so that we have that wealth of experience and can experience true happiness since we have seen its opposite.  After this life, when we once again remember who we have been, I wonder what we will think of ourselves, and our performance here.
The verses continue, telling us that we can have confidence in Christ, that he will hear us when we ask according to his will. :)  I like that idea of God there, listening all the time, waiting to hear something that fits into the plan so that he can grant it.  Like we're kids asking for Christmas presents like flamethrowers and machine guns, but as soon as we ask for something that won't hurt us, boom.  We get it. :)  Today, let's work on trusting in that eternal life and being less scared of endings.  And also, let's work on asking for things that aren't destructive, but that will benefit us and the people around us.  God is waiting to bless us.  We just have to come up with the right requests. :)

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