I have been going back and forth on John 3:1-21 for a little over a week now and I think I finally understand why. The problem I have with sharing from this particular section of John is it makes me emotional so sharing my gleanings from it keep coming from an emotional place. So rather than fight that I am just going to go with it.
Jesus declares in verse 3 “no one can see the the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” But what does it mean to be born again? This is the question Nicodemus asks Jesus and I think many of us have asked that same question. I would imagine any non-Christians reading this or any other writings would ask the same question. I mean after all it sounds very new agey and hokey pokey. It sounds like something people say when they reach the end of their logic and cannot think of anything else to say “Well you just have to be born again.” My question is what do we do with a statement like that? Where do we go with something like that? How do I put that into my daily life?
The simple and easy way to understand this is that God wants to be in a close and personal relationship with you. He does not just want to be your Father He wants to be your Daddy. That is mind blowing! Maybe you read that last statement and went “OK and”…. But let me tell you why that is so powerful. What Jesus is saying by be born again is God the all powerful, Creator, Maker of all, Master of the Universe wants to be your Dad. He wants you to be His child. This is so beyond amazing that I want to just stop typing because I cannot think of how to expound on that.
Jesus has changed the entire paradigm with the born again statement. He has shifted everything. So many of us have this idea about God that He does not care and has left us to our own devices. But that is so beyond wrong that it make me almost cry. God loves you, God the Father wants you to call Him Daddy. He wants you to run to Him and let Him hold you. He wants you to be with Him. That is the Gospel message. You want the Gospel here it is: God so loved the world that He gave His only Son to be the sacrifice so that you can believe in His name and be born again as a child of the Most High and call Him Daddy.
There it is. It really is that simple. What does it mean to be born again, how do I apply that to my life? I understand that God wants me. I understand that God chose me. I did not chose Him, but He reached down when I could do nothing and chose to love me and give everything for me.
When I came to Christ I did not do it in a church building, or with someone standing there giving me a prayer to pray (I am not saying anything bad about any of that), or after or during some tragedy. I accepted Him when I was doing the dishes. It was not an emotional event. It was not a pressured event. It was simple and to the point. I had a million questions about God and I was told I have to have faith. I had enough faith to believe that God was real. That was it no more no less. I told Jesus in a very plain and clear way that I had destroyed my life by 22, taken drugs, tried to kill myself, and hated everything about me and most people. If He wanted me and could use my life He could have it. That was it. He said yes and now I am no longer my own. I am a son of God. I was born again. How do I apply what Jesus says in John 3:1-21 to my life I remember that my Daddy loves me. I remember I am His. That no matter what comes it is well with my soul.
Oh to feel the love of God, to feel His presence. I cannot express it but I so badly want everyone to know it. You don’t need to understand it all, you don’t need to “feel” it. You need to accept it. That is the reason we are reading though John together. I want you to take a chance and say “Jesus I give you a try.” I want everyone believer and nonbeliever to try Jesus. If you know Him give Him another area of your life, if you don’t know Him then tell Him you would like to. I did not feel it when I gave Him my life, but I was willing to try Him.
Just a thought,