This matter of being born again is vital to our Christian walk. In order to serve God completely, there must be a rebirth. No matter how hard we try to serve God, unless there has been some radical change and conversion experience, all of our efforts are in vain. The flesh takes over and we find ourselves going against the will and ways of the Lord. Please don’t misunderstand: we can and should do good works. However, works alone cannot save us. According to the Word of God, we are saved by grace and not by works (Ephesians 2:8-9). There are those who claim to be reborn, but as soon as they face an obstacle or disappointment, they revert to their old self. In John 3:3, we find these words:
“Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.’”
Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader, came to Jesus by night and expressed his knowledge of Jesus’ miracles. Christ made it clear that one must be born again. Without this new birth, you cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus was perplexed and began to question how that could happen, particularly for someone older. When you get a chance, read this chapter to understand how the Master explains that being born again is a mandate and not an option. Prayerfully, we have, or will experience, this new birth and the blessings of eternal life. Praise God!