So Is Everyone Who Is Born Of The Spirit 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.' The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:6-8 "SO IS EVERYONE who is born of the Spirit…" If there is a telling characteristic of the born-again believer it is that you never know what he/she is going to do next. In fact, he himself doesn't know what he is going to do next. Life for the believer is like the wind - you can't see where it comes from, nor where it's going. Why is that? People make their plans - what school to go to, what job to take, whom to marry, where to live and all the myriad decisions we all make in life. But ...the person who is born-again is in total submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and because he is led by the Spirit of God, it's impossible to know what will happen next at any time, anywhere, with anyone. The direction of the Spirit of God is totally unpredictable, and that makes the believer's life an adventure unlike any other. The believer who submits every situation in life to the Lordship of Christ will most often find his life taking twists and turns that would never have happened had the believer been the one in charge. But he will find that he was created specifically for the kind of calling with which he is called, and it is his delight to discover that. It's quite awesome when the Lord uses him to reach others so that they might also come to their Creator and receive the forgiveness of sins and the fullness of life that Christ gives. That's why it is vitally important to maintain an attitude of surrender and allow oneself to be directed by the Spirit of God rather than to "do one's own thing." God has the perfect plan for each believer, and the greatest joy in life lies in discovering that plan and finding fulfillment in the life directed by God himself. That life will be vastly different from what it would have been had the believer been in charge. Brothers and sisters this requires a commitment of time spent in God's presence, where the Lord will reveal his will, his plan, and his directions. If a married couple do not spend time with each other, their relationship will grow stale. Likewise, our relationship with the God we say we love requires spending time with him daily. Too often he is relegated to one's "spare time," as we busy ourselves with the cares of our world, thus relegating him to take second place or third place in our lives. Those who do this will walk in a second best or third best relationship with the God who has called them and though they may succeed in the interests of their lives, their lives will not produce the fruit that God desires. The Lord is great enough to merit being first in our lives; anything other than that is actually idolatry. What we place before God in our hearts is idolatry. The Spirit calls the believer into the presence of God. Let us therefore be always listening for his call, his directions, the life prepared for us from before the very foundation of the world. Only in this will the believer find fulfillment, because our works have been specifically designed by God for us to walk in them and only we can fulfill that call to which we have been called by the Creator of the universe who gives us the great privilege of walking with him and serving him. Give to God therefore the total surrender that he desires and that he is so worthy of. Then at the end, the believer will hear from him those coveted words, "Well done, good and faithful servant," the most desirable words one can ever hear in the presence of God at the end of this life ...and which will be his for all eternity.