“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
When man sinned in the garden his relationship with the Father was broken. He could not have intimate fellowship with God because of the sin nature that was now separating him from the Father. But that is why Jesus hung on a cross and bore our sin, and the punishment our sin deserved. In doing so He provided the way for that old sin nature to be removed, and for us to receive a new spirit within so God the Father and man could once again be resorted to have intimate fellowship.
Jesus tells us in John 17:3 that eternal life is to know the Father, not just know about Him, but to know Him intimately. That was the primary reason Jesus came. Eternal life does not mean to exist forever, for all will do so, but those who know Christ will not face separation from the Father. Once we have been born again we have received eternal life, the opportunity to know Him intimately. We don’t have to wait until we get to heaven nor should we, for He wants us to get to know Him now.
James tells us when we draw near to Him, He draws near to us. We can do so through His Word, through prayer, and by coming to His house and worshipping Him, being equipped to go out and work together with Him. So don’t put off getting to know your heavenly Father. Take the time to draw near to Him. You will find that your life will be so much better if you do. Your heavenly Father awaits. Draw near to Him every day, and He will draw near to you.