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As Christians, we often think of resurrection as something that happens after we die.  After all, Jesus was resurrected after he died.  This resurrection is something we hope for, believing that this life is only the beginning of one that never ends.

But there is another aspect of resurrection that we need to keep in mind: we’ve been given new life right here, right now.  When we give our lives to Jesus, our resurrection begins: “… having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead” (Colossians 2:12).

To make his point even clearer, Paul writes: “When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ.  He forgave us all our sins …” (Colossians 2:13).

  • If you lived every moment in this new resurrection, how would it change the way you think?  Pray?  Handle conflict?
  • If you really believed you received new life, what parts of your old life would you hold on to?
  • If you were given a second chance, what would you do different?

The truth is, you have been been given new life.  The question is … what will you do with it?