"It is written in the prophets, 'And they shall all be taught of God.' Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me. Not that anyone has seen the Father, except the One who is from God; He has seen the Father. Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life."
It is important to note in these verses that God is constantly revealing Himself to man throughout the world. The distinction being presented is that of knowing about God and knowing God in person. When we hunger for more than just knowledge of God we always come to Jesus. What Jesus has done for us is to start our ability to live life eternally, in the present with God, the moment the Holy Spirit introduces us to Jesus. We do not have to wait to go to heaven before this happens.
When we begin to live this way we are calling heaven down to earth. The challenge we all face is letting go of how we think our life should work out or things should be. This is because we have been taught to think based on our understanding of how the world works. As we mature in our ability to keep God in the center of all that we do we are doing better at living life God's way. We are developing a kingdom mindset instead of living life our way while applying godly principles and asking God to bless it.
Our surrender of self is a lifelong process so do not be discouraged. God is not in a hurry or impatient with us. Even the Apostle Paul, as knowledgeable and spiritually mature as he was, did not consider of himself that he had arrived. We just have to remember it is the journey that holds the true value for us. Our destination is secure so we don't have to be concerned about the future. We can take the time to enjoy the present, learning to see God's hand as He reconciles all that has been lost back to Himself.
The more we are able to surrender of ourself the more we will experience true freedom and a level of joy and happiness, a sense of fulfillment that exceeds our greatest expectations. As we improve at letting go, we will find our God can do more with our life, as He participates in the reconciliation process with us, than we could ever ask or even imagine. This brings the banner of God's peace over us that defies the worlds ability to understand. When this happens we are resting in the Promise Maker instead of just standing on His promises.
Father God, Thank You for the gift of having the greatest adventure we could ever know. Thank You for giving us everything we need to have our best life ever, living life to the fullest in every area. Thank You for the guidance You have given us in Your Word so that we can know the truth and that Your truth really sets us free. Holy Spirit, help us to have a joy and expectancy in all things, learning to recognize God's goodness as He participates in our life. Help us not to withhold any of ourself from You. Thank You for the hope and encouragement You give that can be equaled by no other. Thank You for being such a generous God. Amen