Born Again – Devotion
Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ John 3:7
The famous 18th century preacher George Whitfield was asked by a reporter why he would repeatedly and emphatically state ‘you must be born again’ during the course of his messages. Whitfield looked back into the reporter’s eyes and stated emphatically, “because you see, you must be born again!” This was the bottom line for Christ. Becoming religious, going to church, giving to a charity, behavioural modification, adoption of a positive mental attitude – none of this will change nor alter the fact that mankind is out of sorts with His creator. Such is window dressing at best, as it doesn’t change us, remove our sin, or reconcile us to God. Jesus was talking about a deep personal transformation in the heart of man, produced by the Holy Spirit, which alters the motivation for ones living from self-centeredness to God- centeredness. Being born again produces a real internal cleansing, a renewal – like a personal makeover on the inside by the power of the Holy Spirit. This statement was made by Jesus to someone, who in that culture they wouldn’t have considered a ‘sinner’, but a highly religious Jewish leader. It points to the universal problem of sin, and the necessity of a personal spiritual rebirth that transfers us out of the kingdom of this world, and places us into the kingdom of God. Being born again is the product of human engagement with the divine. Man humbles himself, surrenders, and turns to God through Jesus Christ. On the divine side, God does the cleansing, renewing, and the saving of our souls. In a world of philosophical pluralism, where what is true for one may not be true for another, it’s so reassuring to come back to tried and true bible basics like this classic statement from Jesus: ‘you must be born again.’
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that Your heart is always towards reconciliation with people. Help me to share Your amazing grace with others. I pray for Your salvation to ow towards my family, friends, and all in my world, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Scriptures for Reflection: John 3:1-9; Ezekiel 36:25-27; Titus 3:5-6; Col 1:13; 1 Pet 1:23; 2 Pet 3:9