How often do you hear someone tell you they are a born again Christian, or they speak of finding God, or they have returned to the faith. And how often do they tell you this? Are they bragging? Are they proud? Or are they trying to convince themselves?
When Jesus was speaking to Nicodemus late one night, He talked about being reborn. Nicodemus asks how one can re-enter the womb to be born again, but Jesus says that one must be reborn from above. Nicodemus does not understand, he is a Jew, a member of the Sanhedrin and a most highly regarded teacher of Old Testament Scripture, yet he does not understand. So Jesus tells him that unless one is born again of water and the Spirit he cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
When someone tells you they are born again, does that they have been baptized and accepted the Holy Spirit? If so, wonderful, if not, are they just trying to convince themselves.
Secondly how can someone find God, he’s never been missing. Seriously, this is one of those statements that I don’t understand. God created us, put us where we are and is and always has been with us, within us, beside us, and above us; we don’t need to find Him, just believe and accept Him, He found us the day we were born.
Of the three, “returning to the faith” makes the most sense. Many of us have wandered from our faith, and those of us who are lucky enough to find our way back are truly blessed.
I claim to believe in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and I say it often; the question is, who am I trying to convince. Am I that insecure in my faith that I feel a need to keep repeating it? Am I bragging? Am I trying to make myself a better Christian than I really am? Or am I just proud that I believe? I ask myself this often.
In my heart of hearts I believe that I believe. But in my insecurity, I keep telling myself that I believe. My goal is to stop trying to convince myself, and simply accept Him and believe, no ifs ands or buts.
I believe and I pray you do too!