Daily Dose, Feb. 28 — New Birth

I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:34-35)

I like new things. Do you? I haven’t met many people who aren’t drawn in some way to the shiny prospect of a new thing, or even a new experience. Many of us enjoy visiting new places and having new experiences. It can enrich our lives to meet new people. New is often associated with good, and it can sometimes even be equated with something that’s better. Think of how many times you’ve heard the phrase, “New and Improved!”

Being a born-again Christian means that you’ve stepped into a new way of being. As we allow Christ more and more access to our souls and spirits, we’ll find that the new birth through Jesus really is new AND improved. Jesus offered this to his own disciples when he shared an important instruction. He told them that it was a “new” command for them to love another “as I have loved you.” That last phrase is the kicker to me. It reminds me that we sometimes have a view of love that can be improved if we love like Christ actually loved.

How did he love? And how does he ask us to love? With humility. By serving. By meeting real needs. By not thinking ourselves too important. By not just giving lip service. By being willing to get messy. By being involved…very involved. -- Rev. Brad Greene