Born Again!

Nicodemus came to Jesus privately and at night. 3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.(John3:3- 5) It became a bit of a derogatory term “born again Christian” but Jesus didn’t think of it like that. Christianity is not defined by the morning service, or by a way of speaking or dressing, or doing religious things. It’s not defined by witnessing, however right that may sometimes be and it’s not about feeling safe by conforming to a particular way of doing things. Christianity is about an encounter with God, to be embraced by the warm and excited forgiveness of the Father and to start again – to be born again. Let’s pray for ourselves and others. Forgive us that our churches have often become museums of tedium. Fan into flame the gift of God, which is in us so that we can join in the excited celebration of another person being born again. Ian