"HAPPY SPIRITUAL BIRTHDAY!"
It was February 7, and the voice on the other end of the line was that of mom. She was calling to rejoice with me in the memory of a day early in my childhood, the day I knelt in prayer upon the green carpet beside the gold colored couch in our little living room. Thanking Jesus for dying on the cross for my sin, I asked Him to come into my heart and be my Savior. We celebrated afterward with heart-shaped Valentine's Day cookies!
Every year on February 7, I remember the day that God drew me near, revealed my need for salvation, and opened my heart to receive Jesus as my Savior. Every day is a new experience of His love, and every day I grow in my love for the One who first loved me.
Following Jesus is a journey of joy. There are costs to be counted, but they are nothing compared to what is and is yet to be. So on February 7 (and every day), I smile at yesterday, rejoice in today, and laugh at tomorrow. For Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever!
So what about you? Jesus said, "You must be born again" (John 3:7). If you're reading this, you've experienced natural birth, but what about spiritual rebirth? Do you know what it means to be born of the Spirit?
"But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God."
- John 1:12
Happy Birthday to you!
Some people have two.
Born again means salvation.
How many have you?
Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for my sin. I believe that you conquered death and rose from the grave. Please forgive my sin. Come into my life and lead me. In Your Name I pray, Amen.