Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.
What does it mean to be a Christian? For some, it’s based on their culture or the church they were raised in. For others, it is whether they prayed ‘the sinner’s prayer’ or not. Christianity is way more than a culture, attending a certain church or even ‘praying the prayer’. Just repeating a prayer does not qualify as conversion.
Take me for example, I prayed the sinner’s prayer many, many times without a life change or a true conversion experience. It wasn’t until that one moment in time, the day Christ stepped into my life, that I experienced what Jesus called being born again. Have you been born again? If you have you would know, it is that moment in time where Christ become real and even irresistible in your life. When that happens, a new life begins. Rather than doing your own thing and asking the Lord to bless it, you begin to yield your life to the Holy Spirit. Here is how Matthew Henry described it.
“Birth is the beginning of life; to be born again, is to begin to live anew, as those who have lived much amiss, or to little purpose. We must have a new nature, new principles, new affections, new aims. By our first birth we were corrupt, shapen in sin; therefore we must be made new creatures. No stronger expression could have been chosen to signify a great and most remarkable change of state and character. We must be entirely different from what we were before, as that which begins to be at any time, is not, and cannot be the same with that which was before.”
This experience could be called SWEET SURRENDER. Rather than living like the rest of the goofed up world, you have had a total turn around. The unsaved person doesn’t get it. You find your joy in new things now. You love to read the Bible, talk about Jesus, go to prayer meetings, Bible studies and church services rather than clubbing and getting drunk. You still enjoy the normal fun activities in life, actually you enjoy them more, you have just discovered the secret of life. Life begins when we yield control to the Lord. So it’s more than just praying the prayer, it’s meeting a person that is more incredible than you ever dreamed possible.