John 3:7 (NLT) (Jesus to Nicodemus) So don’t be surprised when I say, “You must be born again.”
Jesus pointed Nicodemus toward a necessary spiritual experience. Rev. Billy Graham labeled it the “born again” experience. It is the transformation of a person’s entire being into a disciple of Jesus Christ. The starting point is repentance. Rather than living with a false sense of being acceptable to God through our own good behavior and thinking that it counts as righteousness before God, we respond to the Holy Spirit’s conviction of sin and embrace a righteousness that is “of God” and not formulated by us (Rom. 3:22). We come to God “as is” and embrace faith in Jesus. It is a moment of awakening in which we begin a whole new orientation, a whole new way of thinking about and doing life (II Cor. 4:6; I Peter 2:9). Best day ever! Think about how that happened in your own life, give thanks for it, then share your story with a friend.