Read today’s first reading in the C.H. Spurgeon classic devotional Morning and Evening, and this quote stuck out to me. It reminds me of the misnomer of thinking that “eternal life” means “later” when in fact it means something much more profound. Its a quality of life, over and above a time-stamp. In a way, its more like a vintage wine where the “born on date” is significant, but only serves as a factor in the overall flavor and experience of the wine itself.
In other words, today is yet another great time to begin again with God, because we have the hope of beginning our life “forever with the Lord” now through the person and work of Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
“They did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.”
– Joshua 5:12
“Israel’s weary wanderings were all over, and the promised rest was attained. No more moving tents, fiery serpents, fierce Amalekites, and howling wildernesses: they came to the land which flowed with milk and honey, and they ate the old corn of the land. Perhaps this year, beloved Christian reader, this may be thy case or mine. Joyful is the prospect, and if faith be in active exercise, it will yield unalloyed delight. To be with Jesus in the rest which remaineth for the people of God, is a cheering hope indeed, and to expect this glory so soon is a double bliss. Unbelief shudders at the Jordan which still rolls between us and the goodly land, but let us rest assured that we have already experienced more ills than death at its worst can cause us. Let us banish every fearful thought, and rejoice with exceeding great joy, in the prospect that this year we shall begin to be “forever with the Lord.”
– C.H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening, Day 1