Read: John 3:3, John 1:12, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 12:1, Matthew 6:33

Born Again

Have you ever heard Christians say that they were “born again”? It can be a confusing phrase at first. Nicodemus, whom we learned about yesterday, felt the same way. He had no idea what Jesus meant when He said you must be born again, and honestly, some of us may be unsure as well.

Nicodemus asked Jesus the question many of us probably wonder: “How can someone be born when they are old?”

Is it possible to be born again?

In the words of Billy Graham, “Our first birth gave us physical life; the new birth gives us spiritual life and membership in God’s family. To be born again is to have the Holy Spirit transform our hearts from indifference and hostility toward God to a love of God and a desire for righteousness and holiness. The only way one can come to God and experience what it means to be ‘born again’ is through repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ.”

So being born again is a spiritual rebirth—when God’s spirit comes to live inside of you. It’s a sign that you’re no longer trusting in yourself but surrendering your life to God. Now, let’s be clear—you can be born again, yet see little change. It can take time to become spiritually mature, and it’s a daily process of surrendering our plans, our ways, and our desires for what God wants for us. But, when you’re born again, your heart becomes convicted toward righteousness and holiness.

Do you want more than a lukewarm life in God? Just like with anything in life, you have to work at it. Renew your mind by reading God’s Word, surround yourself with other Christ followers, and pray honest, heartfelt prayers. Seek God first. Then you’ll begin to grow into Christ’s likeness.

Have you been living a lukewarm life? If so, what can you do about it?

What are some ways you can start trusting God more?

Father, will You assure me that I am truly born again? Help me experience Your authentic love and acceptance of me so I can truly become more like You. Give me a renewed passion for You and help me live out my faith in every part of my life.

We would like to thank Life.Church for providing this plan.