1st MARCH 2022
Jesus answered him, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that unless a person is born again (anew, from above), he cannot ever see (know, be acquainted with, and experience) the kingdom of God. John 3:3 [AMPC]
As human beings, we were created for a love relationship with our Creator, Father, and Friend. The only way we can enjoy this amazing lifetime experience is if we are born again. To be born again is more of a spiritual renewal than a physical birth experience.
In John chapter 3, Jesus breaks the assumption that our old birth (where we can identify with a particular tribe or nationality) assures us of a place in God’s kingdom. To be born again is to have a new life. Being born again is not something we can do on our own. Making a choice to be born again does not mean we have to go to God clean and with all our mess sorted out. It means trusting Him to sort out our mess and transform it into a beautiful future with Him. It requires total surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ by the work of the Holy Spirit.
Our good works do not assure us of a place in the kingdom of God; only our salvation does. Salvation is a free, irreversible gift of God for everyone who “confesses with his mouth and believes in his heart…” Romans 10:9. Although salvation is free for you, it did cost a price that was paid once and no one else would ever be able to pay again. Thus, salvation is not cheap.
The Bible makes us understand, in Isaiah 44:22, that blotted sins are part of our salvation package. If you have never made the choice to be born again, today is a good day to do so. Christ died for you. He desires that you return to Him because He redeemed you. You’re not too far gone. Come as you are and say this prayer out loud;
Heavenly Father, I come to You just as I am. Cleanse me, mould me, renew my mind. Thank You for the gift of salvation, I accept this free gift with gratitude and thanksgiving. Fill my heart with Your love and lead me every step of the way as I begin this beautiful journey with You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen
Further Reading: 1 Peter 1:3
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