Jesus said, “I tell you most solemnly, whoever listens to My words, and believes in the One who sent Me, has eternal life.”
– John 5:24
Through accepting Christ, through accepting His word we are freed from condemnation and we gain eternal life. Whatever Jesus Christ says is divine revelation; therefore, accepting Jesus’ words is equivalent to believing in God the Father. Jesus emphasises this when He tells us, “He who believes in Me, believes not in Me, but in Him who sent Me.” (John 12:44)
If we have faith we are on the way to eternal life. But, in order to be saved, we must stay firm in the faith and live up to its demands. That is why it makes sense to strive, with the help of grace, to live a life consistent with the faith; consistent with Jesus’ teachings.
“If men go to so much trouble and effort to live here a little longer, ought they not strive so much harder to live eternally?” – St. Augustine
I believe in You, my Lord Jesus,
and Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
Lord, I choose eternity with You over everything else.
Stop me from ever choosing darkness over Your light.
Teach me how to truly love.
Guide me to remove all my egoism, selfishness and greed,
and to determinedly avoid the trappings of a world
which seems to be doing all it can to lead me away from You.
Lord, I choose eternity with You over everything else. Amen.