We have been studying John 17 in our Friday bible class for the last 2 weeks. I was looking forward to it because it is one of the most amazing passages in the Bible – it is the High Priestly Prayer of Jesus.
And what again got me focused was v.3: Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. And also the fact that even though Jesus was one with the Father, he spent countless times alone in prayer with Him. Which really says something: the life which we have because we believe in the Lord is not just a “life” but it is a relationship, and until and unless the relationship is being kept, nurtured and built upon, there will not be any relationship, hence no eternal life. Think of it this way: what and how are you going to say or behave when you finally meet God? Eternally unsure and distant like how unsure and distant you are now about Him? Or with an assurance that you know him and are close to Him that you more or less know what is in His heart? I won’t say that we will know all of God but at least we should have this eternal life that know him for who He is, through Jesus whom he has revealed Himself to us.
I know this sounds duh -- it is almost basic, but think again ... what have you been doing with this relationship?