A man approached him and said, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to have eternal life?” Jesus said, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There’s only one who is good. If you want to enter eternal life, keep the commandments.” The man said, “Which ones?” Then Jesus said, “Don’t commit murder. Don’t commit adultery. Don’t steal. Don’t give false testimony. Honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as you love yourself.” The young man replied, “I’ve kept all these. What am I still missing?” Jesus said, “If you want to be complete, go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor. Then you will have treasure in heaven. And come follow me.” But when the young man heard this, he went away saddened, because he had many possessions. (Matthew 19:16-22, CEB)
I believe that when people are asking about eternal life they mean a life after this one here on earth ends. But I don’t think that is what eternal life is.
Eternal Life is not something we wait for, or look forward to. Eternal Life is something here and now. It is life in this place that lasts forever.
We do not get eternal life after we die. We are living our eternal life now.
And life is not dependent upon us having well the things we ever wanted. It is how we share the love and grace we have been given.
So if you want to truly live, sell everything and give it away to the poor and allow God to lead and guide you through eternal life.
Loving People. Loving God.