“Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.” – Genesis 5:24
“Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” – John 17:3
In the Old Testament, there is a phrase used to describe those who faithfully lived for God. The scripture comments “Enoch walked faithfully with God.” And then the scripture adds an interesting commentary that says, “then he was no more, because God took him away.” It’s like saying Enoch and God went for a walk one day and just kept on going.
I had a friend named Helen, when I lived in Baraboo, who was a woman who walked with God. I consider her one of my mentors. She was a godly woman who became an example for me of what it means to love God and love people. Every day she would faithfully spend time in Bible study and prayer in her morning devotional time. One day I received a phone call saying Helen had been having her quiet time with God and died suddenly. (She was in her late 70’s or early 80’s). I’ve always thought of her passing this way, Helen walked with God, and one day they just kept walking all the way to heaven.
Many people think “being saved” is about meeting the minimum entrance requirements for getting into heaven when they die. But Jesus talked about eternal life in a different way. Jesus talked about eternal life beginning now. Jesus said, “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”
During our Lent preaching series, we will be exploring what it means to have eternal life beginning right now, using a book written by John Ortberg called Eternity is Now in Session. As John Ortberg says, “God is not waiting for eternity to begin. God lives in eternity right now. It is the interactive fellowship and joy that exists between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Eternity is rolling right along, and we are invited to be part of it –now. Are you ready to join in? Eternity is now in Session!” Discipleship is about learning to be with Jesus and making our life a walk with Jesus right now. Discipleship is a journey in which we learn to live life God’s way. Our life is about learning to be with Jesus. It’s about a relationship or partnership with God every day, right now, oriented around Jesus Christ. Eternity is Now in Session!
Please join us for this special five-week Lenten preaching series beginning March 10 as we explore together what it means for us to walk with God every moment of every day, because “Eternity is Now in Session!” Our worship service is Sunday mornings at 10:00 A.M. Also, please consider signing up for one of the Growth Groups on your connection card or on the clip boards on the table in the foyer of the church.
Grace & Peace