The Other Birthday
“Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again,’” John 3:5-7, NKJV.
Last night, we had a celebration at our house. Cookies, Italian Ices and some precious family moments celebrating a momentous occasion. Ten years ago, our daughter met my husband at the door as he came home from work and she said, “Daddy, if you don’t let me ask Jesus into my heart, I am going to die and go to hell, and it will be your fault!” Realizing she understood the Gospel message as much as an almost-five-year-old would, he sat down with her and God gave him the privilege of leading his precious daughter into the Kingdom and to listen to her sweet prayer of surrender. A few years earlier, I had the privilege of listening to each of our sons profess their belief in the work of Christ and watch as each one of them were born again into the Kingdom of God. Since then, we have celebrated two birthdays—a physical one and a spiritual one—for each member of our family.
The celebration is usually a family time of eating sweets and remembering the moment that God reached down, saved a soul and changed the direction of eternity for that one. It is also a time of reflection, for seeing where we have come, and where we are going in our spiritual walks. We gently encourage the birthday guy or girl to continue to live in God’s will and walk in His ways. We laugh, and we remember. We remember the work of Christ on our behalf, and we recall that as long as we are here on this earth, He wants us to help others have “the other birthday” too.
Nicodemus came to Christ at night and he had so many questions. Jesus answered them all and when He was finished, He said ,”Do not marvel that I said….” It really is amazing that still today, salvation is a gift from His gracious hand and being born again is still available for anyone who wants to have “the other birthday.” Come on and celebrate—we have two reasons to do so!
Thought-provoker: Do you have two birthdays to celebrate—a spiritual one as well as a physical one? If not, surrender to Christ today so you can, and if so, celebrate your life in the Kingdom of God today.
Father, thank You for “the other birthdays” we have because of the precious gift You gave us in the work of Christ on the cross. Help us to celebrate and help us to lead others to their other birthdays too. In Jesus’ name, Amen.