For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.

Romans 6:5-6

It can be easy to think of the resurrection that Jesus promised us is only real in a distant and eventual sense; we know that we will all be raised one day, as Martha said to Jesus in John 11. But Paul makes a point about our Spiritual resurrection that is much more relevant to the here and now.

We have already died in respect to sin. We are living a resurrection life in the here and now! Our lives should reflect a heart, mind and soul that loves God, not merely because we have chosen to change our lives but because we completely discarded our old lives and joined with Jesus in a brand new existence.

That change should feel big and real and present and ongoing. We should be living the effects of the resurrection in each moment, not merely waiting for our lives to end but ending an old life completely and immediately to rise again and gain a better one.

Ethan Kirl