Before I made the conscious decision to start following Jesus, the Lord was working in my life in a wonderful way. I was spiritually dead and had no hunger or thirst for righteousness. There was no desire in my heart to read or study Scripture. It wasn’t until I was in fear of losing my family, caused by the self-centered habits I had developed, that I was open to help. God sent someone into my life when I was in despair and he began to share things about the Kingdom of God that I had never understood. I had listened to gospel messages before in many traditional ways such as sermons, hymns, anthems, Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. But I wasn’t desperate then and never embraced the ideas as something vital to me. It has been over fifty-six years since that moment when I was born again and I am filled with joy every time I reflect on the night it happened. My life was transformed because the Lord reached down and touched the heart of a struggling husband and father and gave me a new life in Christ. I thank God for His faithfulness and love.
“I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
“For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.”
1 Peter 1:23