Many of us have experienced something or some things in our lives that has placed us at a crossroads. We look down each path as far as we can see, which is usually not that far, and then make our choice. The good news is that if we decide to go down the road and then later decide we made the wrong choice, there’s a bridge connecting the two paths that we can use to cross over to the other path.
In John 10:10, God draws a very clear contrast for us. He says that the enemy comes only to kill, steal, and destroy. But He wants us to have an abundant life. It is so clear throughout the entire bible that God wants us to have a great life. Jeremiah 29:11 states, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and ALL these things will be added to you.” Isaiah 61:3 says that he’ll give you “a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” Essentially He promises to take our junk, or whatever we are willing to give Him, and replace it with something great! These are just a very few examples, but His promise of this kind of thing is all throughout scripture.
I believe very strongly that Jesus went through all that he endured for a couple of reasons. Yes, He died for us to give us forgiveness for our sins so we can be reconciled back to God. But I don’t believe for one second that He went through everything He did just so we can barely get by. I take Him at His word when He says that He came so that we might live our lives to the full.
At the end of the day, it’s our choice. Deuteronomy 30:19 says that the choice of life or death is set before us, and it is our choice. This scripture also encourages us to choose life so that we and our descendants may live an abundant life.
Life in this world is still going to bring difficulties and speed bumps along the way. But we don’t have to swayed by those things. It’s completely our choice.