Read 3 John 1:1-15
One day we will all die. I’m sure reading that statement might wake you up! But it’s true, isn’t it? One day each and every one of us will take our final breath and enter into an eternity somewhere. For those of us who are followers of Jesus Christ, we can be confident that we will be spending an eternity with Him in heaven (John 3:16). But have you thought about what that moment might be like when you cross from this side of life to the next?
While none of us know what the moments will look like following our final breath on earth, John makes a statement today in his third letter to the church that stuck out to me.
“It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” 3 John 1:3-4
I love the picture in these words. While in context this is John speaking to his friend Gaius, there is also an underlying message in these verses that he is trying to communicate. God has no greater joy than to see His children walking in the truth. Following Him. Living out His love. Imagine for a moment that glorious day when you will cross into eternity and hear the Father say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” I can’t help but think the words we read in the text today might be some additional words the Lord will offer us.
Allow the Lord to change your heart today. Invite Him to be a part of your daily walk. We cannot live in the truth on our own. If John teaches us one thing throughout his letters, it’s that we cannot earn our way to heaven, and, by the same token, we cannot walk in the truth without experiencing the Truth. Surrender yourself today to the calling Jesus has placed on your life. Don’t be discouraged when you fall because we all do. Rather, recognize that the only power to resurrect you from your sin is the power found in the life, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our hope in eternity is in Him alone.