Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. ”
(John 3:3 (NIV))
Perhaps this is the most misunderstood concept for those who have not accepted the grace and mercy that God has freely given to those who accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior.
Just what does it mean to be born again?
What is your understanding of these two words?
Now, reflect back on what you understood this to mean before you accepted Jesus. Perhaps I should say reflect back on what you misunderstood this to mean, for that is a much better picture of a nonbeliever’s grasp of the concept presented.
The world sees believers use, and often misuse this term to the point where they ridicule the body because we use these words instead of delving into the meaning of them. From a physical, worldly perspective, it is impossible to be born again, for the ravages of time do not allow any of us to turn back the clock. We literally cannot be physically born again! The world sees this as an illogical concept.
That brings us to the vantage point that nonbelievers do not grasp, and that is that there are two separate realms that we are dealing with – the physical and the spiritual. We have all experienced a physical birth and have lived our lives in the physical world. We see. We feel. We exist. We do not truly live life to the fullest because we are missing a major part of our existence – our spiritual side.
By accepting Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, we signal to God our Father that we are ready to take the next step and to be birthed into the spiritual world. We only see the physical world. We do not see the spiritual world with our eyes. It requires a faith that the physical world does not require. We must be willing to look beyond our understanding and say to ourselves that there is more to this existence than what meets the eye. Just as a baby exists in its mother’s womb, we exist in the physical world, and just as a baby must take the necessary step to go beyond the world as it knows it, we must be ready to take the step into the spiritual world and what it holds for us. Literally, we must be willing to have our spiritual existence birthed so that we may experience life as God planned it.
We are a multidimensional creature created to have a physical body and a spiritual connection to God. To be born again simply means that we accept that spirituality and the grace and mercy freely given from our spiritual Father.
Are you born again?