Are you born again?
Do you know what it means to be born again?
Have you ever been startled before? The Bible contains some fairly startling statements, and many of them came from Jesus himself. When Nicodemus came to see Jesus and confessed that Jesus was truly sent from God, Jesus responded with, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God" (John 3:3). Confused by the physical improbability of being born again, Nicodemus pressed Jesus for clarification. Jesus, again, said, "Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again" (John 3:8). Nicodemus was still confused, and so Jesus continued:
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him [Jesus Christ] should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God" (John 3:16-18).
This leads to a question for you—do you believe in Jesus? It's not a question of do you know about Him, but have you accepted Him as your Lord and Savior and asked Him to forgive your sins? This is what it means to be born again.
The Bible is clear that this decision is the most important one that you can make in your life, yet once decided, it need never be doubted.
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved" (Romans 10:9).
There are no works tied into this decision (Ephesians 2:8-9). Baptism does not save you, neither does church membership or church attendance. The only thing that does—and will—is the personal decision to repent and believe (Mark 1:15). Therefore, say 'yes' to Christ. Reach out to Him and learn that He is mighty to save, no matter your past, your present, your circumstances, or your fears.
"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light" (Matthew 11:28-30).
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