Tuesday, May 23, 2006
A Devotional Thought
"How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!" John 3:4
This was the verse upon which my daily devotional, Faith Alone, focused.
It got me to thinking about "re-birth" and being "born again."
One would not say to a baby in his mother's womb, "You must get a job to pay for your delivery before you can be born." It's ridiculous! The parents have to take all the initiative and responsibility for the birth of their child. All the expense is borne by the mother and father. And if the parents are good, God-fearing, Christian parents, they will go to great lengths to raise their child to be responsible and productive both in their family and in society.
It is the same with God, who calls Himself our Father. He does not tell us, as some Christians would assert, either by their words or their actions, "You must earn your rebirth! You must do the proper works to be born again into Christ." Rather, God our Father, with great love and kindness, gives us everything. He provides the great price of our delivery in Jesus Christ. He has spared nothing that we might be born anew into His family. As a good Father, He will also provide all we need and go to great lengths to bring us up to be responsible and productive members of His family and workers in His kingdom.
The message of the Gospel is the sweetest and most beautiful treasure in all of heaven and earth and God has freely given all for our salvation!