The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ opened the door to a new life.
When Jesus walked out of the grave He gave us the opportunity to walk out with Him. He gave us the option to live an abundant life.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly,” John 10:10 (NASB)
This abundant life is a decision, and it’s one that we have to make for ourselves.
We actively choose to live the God-kind of life. Jesus can’t make this decision for us, neither can our spouse, our friends or even our pastor. They can deeply desire it for us, but they can’t force it on us.
So, if we sense that we are not experiencing all that Christ has to give, we should stop and ask ourselves “Have I truly decided to live the abundant life? Or am I holding onto old mindsets, grudges and habits?”
If we have already accepted Jesus as our savior and continue to hold onto the past, we have walked back into the grave.
“For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first,” 2 Peter 2:20 (NASB)
However, we don’t need to read that verse and feel guilty, condemned or ashamed. We should see it and realize that we have an amazing opportunity to move forward.
We can make the decision to do exactly what Jesus did and walk out of the grave permanently; never looking back at what we left behind.
We do this knowing that the life Jesus created for us is far greater than anything we’ve left behind.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them,” Ephesians 2:10 (NASB)
This is an invitation for us to continually live the resurrected life in and with Jesus Christ. If you haven’t been living the abundant life, make the decision today to live it. Let go of what is behind and move forward.