This past Sunday, the message given by one of our pastors focused on what Jesus said to one of the people interested in Christ’s teaching. What Jesus told him he had to do was puzzling. He had to be “born again.” Now how could that happen, since you can’t crawl back into your mother’s womb?
That question sparked a thought which took me further down the road with the scripture. What would it mean to be a baby again?
It means I’d be totally helpless. I couldn’t feed myself. Clothe or even wrap myself for warmth. I couldn’t get a drink of water, and actually at the moment of birth I wouldn’t even know “how” to drink…newly birthed children need to be taught how to suckle and swallow. I couldn’t even turn myself over, let alone crawl or walk.
In fact, a baby does not live long if left all alone. If I were a baby once again, I’d need lots and lots of support and care.
God’s Word gives us a pretty accurate picture of what it means to be that newborn in the Kingdom. As a new baby, we have the Words of God to feed us: 1 Peter 2:2 says, “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.”
And we get a special water to drink, too: John 4:14 tells us that Jesus explained “whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
Our ability to have something to wear comes from God too. Because we know Matthew 6:28 & 29 tells us, “why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”
And learning all we will need to know to get along doesn’t come from within our own mind. God promises us, in John 14:26, “the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things.”
Also, just because you are born and a baby doesn’t mean you know how to sustain your world. In fact, your very existence originated not from you, but your parents. You were created by others and your continuance in life as a babe (or babe in Christ) comes from God. Colossians 1:16 tells us that “by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible… All things were created through Him and for Him.”
And even though you have an awesome spiritual teacher, you have no power of your own to keep breathing, thinking and moving. Verse 17 in that same chapter of Colossians continues, “and he holds all creation together.”
So, back to that original train of thought, of being born AGAIN. In order to understand what spiritual life means, I must be a baby in God’s hands. A baby in order to know the Truth.
NOT a scholar.
NOT a saint.
NOT a rich person.
NOT a philosopher.
NOT a teacher.
NOT a great athlete.
I have GOT to be a baby. I have GOT to acknowledge I didn’t–could not–create myself. And I can do nothing to make myself live and grow. My entire being and existence comes from God…and it is a gift.
“For by (God’s) grace you have been saved through faith, and that is not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.”
by Cindy Best