Jesus answered and said to
him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born
again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
Sometimes, we are fresh and eager to
attend a prayer meeting, but do we feel
that same freshness for such mundane tasks as polishing shoes?
Being born again by the Spirit is an
unmistakable work of God, as mysterious as the wind,
and as surprising as God Himself. We don't know where it begins - it is hidden
away in the depths of our soul. Being born again from above is an enduring, perpetual, and
eternal beginning. It provides a freshness all the time in thinking, talking, and living -
a continual surprise of the life of God. Staleness is an indication that something in our lives
is out of step with God. We say to ourselves, "I have to do this thing or it will never get
done." That is the first sign of staleness. Do we feel fresh this very moment or are we stale,
frantically searching our minds for something to do? Freshness is not the result of
obedience; it comes from the Holy Spirit. Obedience keeps us "in light as He is in the
light..." (1 John 1:7)
Jealously, guard your relationship
with God. Jesus prayed "that they may be one as
We are one" - with nothing in between (John 17:22). Keep your whole life continually
open to Jesus Christ. Don't pretend to be open with Him. Are you drawing
your life from any source other than God Himself?
If you are depending on something
else as your source of refreshness and strength,
you will not realize when His power is gone.
Being born of the Spirit means much
more than we usually think. It gives us
new vision and keeps us absolutely fresh for everything through the
never-ending supply of the life of God.
Taken from the daily devotion book:
Written By Oswald Chambers