As the Lord stands before us, in one hand is offering us His hand and in the other hand He is pointing towards the world that surrounds us. It is quiet as the snow falls and He takes a step towards me, He gently speaks “What will you choose, I long for you to love me, I long for you to take my hand and come with me; however if you choose else wise, I will still love you as I always have but things will not be the same. If you choose the world you are choosing to live apart from me, but if choosing my hand you are deciding you want this, you want a life with me, you are willing for the hardships, for the suffering but most of all you are ready to embrace my fullness-for the hope and joy of placing your treasures somewhere that will last forever.”
Even as I can see that picture so clearly, I can feel the love of the Lord- so patient, gentle yet clear in where His heart lies and what He desires from and for us.
In John 17:3 “And this is eternal life: that people know you, the only true God and that they know Jesus Christ, the One you sent”
Today thanks to a beautiful women, I was brought such a revelation on eternal life. So often we see eternal life as life continuing on, as living for eternity. Yet that is not what eternal life is-life is that we would know the one true God and we would know Jesus Christ. Eternal life is Jesus Christ Himself. He is the one who is our source of life-and as we step towards Him taking ahold of His hand offered out, we too can recieve that life. For when accepting all that He has placed before us, by choosing Him-we are choosing to no longer be of the earth-living by our flesh.
In the garden of Eden “God put the tree that gives life and also the tree that gives the knowledge of good and evil” Genesis 2:9
When Eve stood before the two trees in the middle of the garden-before her eyes were her choices. She could eat from the tree of life (eternal life) which was freely given or from the only tree the Lord declared not to eat from “you may eat the fruit from any tree in the garden, but you must not eat the fruit from the tree which gives the knowledge of good and evil. if you ever eat fruit from that tree you will die!” Genesis 2:16-17 Which was the tree of the earth, the tree of losing eternal life and choosing flesh.
Again another great friend, when discussing this with him he said he see’s the two trees as: a huge, mighty oak, a tree of life that is full of life, huge branches, but as the tree is big-the fruit is harder to reach. the other tree, the tree of knowledge is smaller, still appealing to the eye but the branches are thinner, the fruit is lower, easier to graspe and in closer reach. She choose what was easy, she choose to have what was useful in her eyes instead of a life she assumed she had.
As eternal life is knowing God and Jesus Christ, by Eve choosing flesh over eternal life, she choose to die from her oneness with the Lord and come into the awarness of earth and leave eternal life.
Since then, we are desperatly seeking to come to that place of oneness again and that is why Jesus Christ returned to redeem us from a life of death and into a life full of light, love and Himself. He came to close the gap between ourselves and the Lord that man has seperated.
Jesus is the vine and the branch of the tree of life. He is the tree itself, He is all that we are hungering and thirsting for.
““I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” John 15:5-8
How often in our lives do we choose what is easier to take ahold of rather than what will take work, effort, patience and perseverance?
“Heavenly Father, I thank you that through Jesus Christ and knowing you we can come into life with you. That we no longer are dying but are full of life, full of your Holy Spirit. I thank you that we are able to be your servants and no longer be seperated from your never ending flowing water.May we continue to die to our flesh, to take ahold of your hand and come into a life being led by you Jesus. Thank you oh Lord, thank you for your grace.”