The Gift of Eternal Life

by James Metsger

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

God has given his children the gift of eternal life. There are at least two good things about the gift of eternal life. For starters, it’s eternal. I can’t stand it when things don’t last…and nothing lasts forever! My new shirt gets a stain, my new shoes get scuffed up, and my new car gets dinged up. I know this is how it works. I was always told (usually by ex-girlfriends), “James, nothing last forever.” But that isn’t entirely true. Unlike toys from the Dollar Store the life God gives lasts forever. Have you ever found yourself saying, “I wish this could last forever”? Life with God does.

There are some things that you don’t want to last forever: a trip to the dentist, a nagging injury, and a Chicago Cubs season all come to mind. Some things need to come to their proper end and it’s good when they do. But you don’t want life with God to come to an end. Life with God is day after day, moment by moment on inexpressible joy. And it never stops.

Soon our days won’t end with regret, disappointment, or defeat. We will experience life as God intended it to be. Tomorrow when the happiness high comes to a screeching halt and you’re faced with the reality of the daily grind remember that eternal life awaits you. It has already been given but you won’t fully enjoy it just yet. Don’t worry the time will come soon. You will unwrap the gift that never ends and experience the life you’ve always wanted.

Eternal life is a good gift from the hand of God, but there is still one more gift that God wants to give. Tomorrow we will find out what it is.