“Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.’ ‘What do you mean?’ exclaimed Nicodemus. ‘How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?’“ John 3:3 (NLT)
In Ken Hamm’s Answers in Genesis, he refers to using our spiritual glasses to view the world, and not using our world glasses to view the Bible. If one looks at being reborn in a literal sense, it is clearly impossible. However, when looking at rebirth through spiritual glasses, it is not only possible, but freely given to all. We need only accept the gift.
How then do we lead a person to Christ? We must listen to the discernment of our Spirit. Everyone is different. The homeless vet on the corner is hungry. Instead of just throwing some money in his cup, we take him to lunch, sowing not only kindness but God’s Word. Perhaps the secretary in the office is having a trying time with her teenager, and just needs a kind word. So, we water. We happen upon a coworker who is in tears and doesn’t know where to turn. We offer her the only eternal Answer and lead her to pray. Harvest!!!
In order to lead the world to Christ, we must be followers of Christ. We cannot convince people of a Savior if He is not apparent in our own lives. If we participate in worldly activities or even discussions, what makes us different? We must show in whom we place our trust. If we are calm in the storm, questions arise that provide opportunities for sharing our testimonies. When a job is well done, we reflect the praise upward to the One who makes it all possible.
By bringing the news of rebirth, we build the body of Christ. By being reborn, one is new in God. One is still a frail human, but having the Spirit of God within. Standing upon the Rock, we are all a part of the bigger foundation.
Practical Application: In every situation, place or time, we should look for ways to share, strengthen, introduce, and encourage others to join the family of the followers of Christ.
—Dick and Debra Moravec