Colossians 1:9, 10: We pray that you will also have great wisdom and understanding in spiritual things so that you will live the kind of life that honors and pleases the Lord in every way. You will produce fruit in every good work and grow in the knowledge of God.
Colossians 1:20: And through Christ, God has brought all things back to himself again—things on earth and things in heaven. God made peace through the blood of Christ’s death on the cross.
The invitation to follow Jesus, then, is not just an invitation to spend eternity in His presence, not just an invitation to others to spend eternity in His presence; it is an invitation to cooperate with Him in making His world as much like He intends it to be before He returns. That’s His invitation to you. Which frankly sounds like something worth giving one’s life to.