“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV
I witnessed my first childbirth last week…my best friend gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, and it was miraculous to say the least. I don’t think anything could have prepared me for that moment of pure joy of witnessing the sheer pride on this new mama’s face when the doctor placed what was once inside her belly right onto her chest. The miracle of childbirth is truly something from God—the nine months spent molding and forming the baby in the womb doesn’t just happen out of no where. And the years after the baby is born are spent leaning on God for day-by-day provision, strength, and protection. Quite honestly, the more I dwell on the miracle of childbirth, the more I realize how newborns mimic the Christian walk.
The birth of a child is always breathtaking, and even more so for those of us who have been born again. What happens in new birth is new life—a life that is filled with the love and teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Just like babies, we must continue to fuel our spiritual life with hunger for Christ.
Today, too many professing Christians have convinced themselves they are following Christ with almost no hunger for him—they’ve checked off their list of Christian duties but have neglected to nourish their bodies and minds with the Christian diet. When we are born again, our persistent need for more of God and his word should be prevalent.
Newborns not only bring an immense amount of joy into our lives, but they also teach us an enormous amount about the most important thing in the world: new life in Jesus. Christians, our new birth in Christ is as real as the day we were delivered from our mother’s womb. The Gospel has made those who were dead now alive…and in this, we are reminded of how we are now living and breathing because of God’s ultimate sacrifice for our sins.
God, thank you for a new life in you. I pray my Christian walk would strive to know you more. Help me to thirst off of the promises in your word and to let the world know of the Gospel, which has set me free from eternal bondage.
Do you have new birth in Christ? Confess your sins to God and pray that he will bring you into new life—a life that is filled with Jesus and is constantly killing sin. Read John 3 about being born again.