Born Again

John 3:3-7
3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.[a]”
I can just see the perplexed look on Nicodemus’ face when Jesus told him he would need to be born again to enter the kingdom of God. When it comes to discussing religion, I think I have had the same look on my face a time or two. I think I would have joined Nicodemus in asking this question:

4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”

But then here comes Jesus saying it again…you must be born again!

5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b] gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You[c] must be born again. ’

This summer I took an old desk and made it into something new. Through my careful sanding, patching and painting, something that was worn and beaten, became a new creation. It was in effect “born again”!

Like my old desk, Jesus wants a chance to transform your worn and weary parts. He wants to make you a new creation! All you have to do is say yes! Yes Jesus I want you in my life and in my heart! Everyone has a different experience, a different spiritual story of how this remarkable event happened. Some people can even quote you the day and time. For me I think it has happened over a lifetime of growing “in the spirit” through Bible Study, fellowship, prayer, and life experiences that have awakened me to the transforming power and nature of the Holy Spirit.

I look pretty good on the outside, a few wrinkles and spots that come with old age. But you should see me on the inside…where Jesus dwells. The Holy Spirit has taken some elbow grease, a good bit of sandpaper, filler and glorious colors of paint, to transform me into a new creation!

The Holy Spirit guides my steps, fills me with joy, forms my words, and carries the burden of my pain. The Holy Spirit is the gift that Jesus left behind for all of us to receive just for the taking.
How you ask?  Open the door to your heart and ask Jesus in…He will take care of the rest and you will be a new creation!

2 Corinthians 3:18 And we all, who with unveiled faces reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. Amen!



    

Julie Weldon

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