Greetings. My name is Bob. In my life there are two significant dates: February 8, 1951 and August 29, 1971. On the first date I was born into this world; on the second date I was born again into the Kingdom of God. The first birth was natural through my parents; the second birth supernatural through the Spirit of God. Read on and I’ll explain.
I grew up relatively normally in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, Willoughby. As a child I enjoyed playing sports and was an average student in school. But in the late 60’s the social climate began to change and I with it. After high school I became very dissatisfied with life in general and my life in particular. Even though all of my physical needs were met and I wanted for nothing, psychologically and spiritually I was empty.
I then began to search. I tried many things: I sent away for information on Eastern religions, took a transcendental meditation class, etc., etc. But the more I tried to fill my emptiness, the more empty I became. I was really in a bad way and came to the conclusion that life was meaningless (although deep inside I knew better).
Then one day I met a former classmate whom I had heard was a “Jesus freak”. I was glad to see him so I could tear into his new-found “philosophy” and set him straight that there was nothing to this new belief of his.
But a very unusual thing happened that day. After talking with him for about two and a half hours I realized that all of my arguments against God, Christ and the Bible were just shallow rantings from a frustrated young man. I actually began to believe what he was saying.
Very simply stated, he told me that God became a man and that man was Jesus Christ. He lived on this earth, died on the cross for my sins and resurrected from the dead as a sign that He was God Himself and death could not hold Him. Moreover, He not only lived 2000 years ago but He also is alive today as the Spirit. And He as the Spirit can come into the deepest part of my being and give me a new life. The Spirit through this man’s words fully convicted and convinced me that this was the meaning of my human life: I WAS CREATED TO CONTAIN GOD!
The following evening I went with him (his name was Dave) to a meeting of non-denominational Christians who were singing and enjoying the Lord. I was filled with the Spirit. Oh, the joy, peace and satisfaction I experienced that night was every thing I had hoped and searched for. I was finally filled and I knew the meaning of human life.
Well, that was almost 30 years ago and I can testify that the Lord is even richer and sweeter today that He was at that first meeting. I was “born again” that night and although the path is not always smooth and many thorns are encountered along the way, I am growing in His life. Reader, I encourage you to take this same path. Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father (God) except through me.” (John 14:6) Don’t wait any longer. Even now the Spirit is tugging at your heart’s door and wants to enter in. Just believe and receive and you also will be “born again”.
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the authority to become children of God, to those who believe into His name, who were begotten not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12-13)