John 3:3 "Jesus answered and said unto him, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, except a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’"
In the world of technology, we often hear the phrase, “system reboot.” This means switching off the system entirely and turning it on again to clear any temporary software glitches and make it function better. Similarly, Jesus presents us with a spiritual “reboot” option: being born again. It's a chance to start anew, clearing away the old glitches of sin, guilt, and regret.
Like rebooting a system, being born again isn't about minor tweaks or updates, but a complete overhaul of our spiritual lives. It's not just about saying the right words or doing the right deeds; it's about allowing God to perform a transformative work in us. This spiritual overhaul or rebirth equips us to see the world in a new light – the light of God's kingdom.
Consider a caterpillar's transformation into a butterfly. It's not just a cosmetic change; it's a total metamorphosis that impacts every aspect of its being. Similarly, being born again is not just about going to church or reading the Bible (though these are good); it's a total transformation from a life centered around self to a life centered around God.
Reflect on your actions, attitudes, and values. How do they align with the teachings of Jesus? How might your life look different if you lived as someone born again? Look for a practical way today to live out this transformation – perhaps in your relationships, at work, or in the way you respond to challenges.
Lord Jesus, work in me, clear away the old, and create a new heart that yearns for your kingdom. Help me to live as an accurate representation of your love and grace in this world. In Jesus' name. Amen.