Eternal life begins when the Father reveals his Son in our hearts, when we first know Christ, when we call him Lord by the Holy Spirit.
Now happiness commences, happiness real, solid, substantial. Then! Heaven opens in your soul. Heaven begins while the love of God washes over your hearts, instantly producing love for all. With that love comes genuine fruit: lowliness, meekness, patience, contentment in every situation, full acquiescence to the will of God--all enabling us to "rejoice evermore, and in everything, give thanks." -- John Wesley's sermon, "Spiritual Worship," 1780