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Being “Born Again!”

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Jesus tells Nicodemus that he needs to be “Born Again” in order to enter into eternal life (John 3:3-5).  

What “Born Again” means is literally to begin all over again, to be given a second birth, a second chance.

The one who is born again doesn’t all of a sudden get turned into a super-Christian. To be born again is to enter afresh into the process of spiritual growth. It is to wipe the slate clean. It is to cancel your old mortgage and start again. 

In other words, you don’t have to be always what you have now become. Such an offer is too good to be true for many people, confusing for most, but for those who seek to be other than what they are now, who want to be more than the mere accumulation and sum total of their experiences, the invitation, “You must be born again,” is an offer you cannot afford to refuse.

And if you have ever come to that time in your life, when things aren’t quite right, when your religion has become more of a ritual than a real thing, when it is more of a pattern than power, when it is more structure than Spirit, we then need to come to Jesus’ home, rap on his door and say, “Jesus, I need some help. I’ve got a problem … here… in my heart. It is not quite right.”

And Jesus will say to you and me, like he did to Nicodemus, “Come right in. Sit down for a while. Let’s talk.” And Jesus has this uncanny ability to look deeply into your heart and mine and he says, “You need to be born again, to be born anew, to be born from above, to experience a rebirth of God’s love in your heart. You need to be born of the water and the Spirit.”

Thanks to Peter J. Gomes and Edward F. Markquart for sharing.   Thanks to Pragyan Bezbaruah for the photo. 

YOU don’t have to always be what YOU have now become. How do YOU need to be “born again” to be what God created YOU to be? 


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