Daily Dose, Journey to the Holy Spirit — May 22

Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.”

Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.”

John 3:1-3

 
 
Daily Dose: Journey to the Holy Spirit
 

“Where are you from? Where’s your home?”

These seem like such basic questions, but they’re the kind that Jesus would ask of Nicodemus…and of us. If God really is who we say he is, and if Jesus really is where we say he is, then we are all only visiting this planet. This world isn’t home after all.

Being “born again” is a concept that has lost some luster in the last several decades. It’s sometimes viewed as antiquated, quaint and perhaps a little bit lost in time. But it shouldn’t be. We won’t see the world through God’s eyes until we are really given a new entry into this world. When our lives are bound up in the life of Christ, we are given a fresh start and a new way of seeing and being. The kingdom of God is all around us, but we sometimes don’t see it. I think it’s because, in that moment, we are living out of our old birth…our original birth. The new birth gives new life, and we sometimes forget to live out of that new life.

New birth can be startling! The baby gasps for air and is startled and scared. But before long, the baby lives into its new life! The air that fills the lungs is how it’s supposed to be. When we are born again, it may sometimes be startling. But if we keep breathing, we find that the air God provides is the air we’re SUPPOSED to breathe!

Rev. Brad Greene