This is the start of a 5-week devotional series. Each Saturday, we will be posting a short and focused article. Read for a morning devotional by yourself or with a group! Discussion questions can be found at the end.
The birthing business is the real deal.
As someone who is in training to become a birth doula, I am learning the ins and outs of this intense, yet beautiful process.
When a woman is in labor, it is painful and exhausting. She needs constant support as she carries out this life-changing experience.
What’s amazing is that, even after all that pushing and groaning, the birth of the baby makes it all worth it.
Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.John 3:5 NKJV
I find it fascinating that Jesus compares the start of the Christian life as a new birth.
In John chapter three, a Pharisee named Nicodemus comes to Jesus by night. As Jesus explains what it takes to belong to the Kingdom of God, He makes it clear that one must be born again (John 3:5).
As I ponder what it means to be born again, I realize some striking similarities between human birth and spiritual birth.
Born of the Spirit
A woman in labor must surrender to her body, allowing it to do the work. We, also, must also surrender completely to God, allowing Him to do the work within us. That is what Jesus calls being “born of the Spirit” (John 3:5).
Born of the Water
When a baby is about to be born (at the beginning or during labor), the sack of water within the woman breaks. This makes it possible for the baby to breathe its first breath, once born.
When Jesus speaks of being born again, He says one must be born of the Spirit and of water. Being born of water refers to baptism, the outward expression of giving one’s life to Christ. A new life is born.
Birth is a beautiful portrayal of trust, surrender and new life. I can’t imagine a better description of the new life Christ gives to those who seek Him.
- Why do you suppose Nicodemus came to Jesus by night rather than the day?
- Do you think someone has to be baptized in order to be a Christian? Why or why not?
- Have you been “born again?” Discuss with your group or a mentor what this means and how you can become a child of God.