"I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life." John 5:24
Not...once you change your ways and stop sinning.
Not....once you do enough good deeds
Not....if you read your Bible enough
Not....if you pray hard enough and attend church regularly
Now.....we HAVE eternal life, from the moment we first believe we "have already passed from death into life." (John 5:24b)
This verse says it all:
Jesus told them, "This is the only work God wants from you; Believe in the one He has sent."
All we are required to do is BELIEVE. Everything else will fall into place. He will change our hearts and guide our actions. Our belief will lead us into prayer and worship and good deeds and out of sin. Our belief will cause us to follow Him. It becomes the desire of our hearts to do His will.
I'm doing the Meet Jesus study with the Hello Mornings group HMCPsalm1438 and this is what He has been impressing on me. Just believe. Quit trying so hard to earn my way, just believe. It's where everything starts.
So, although our study is from John, my prayer today is from the book of Mark:
"The father instantly cried out, "I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!"
"For it is my Father's will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day."