Words by our Priest-in-Charge:
Born of the Spirit
“That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” John 3:6
Things reproduce after their own kind. This is a law of nature. I remember there is a song in the movie “The Sound of Music”. Part of the lyrics says, “Nothing comes from nothing, nothing ever will…” Everything that we see around us comes from something. Every act produces consequences of some sort. So it is, life produces life of the same kind.
We know that life comes from God. The whole creation was the result of the creative expression of God. The life that man has comes from the breath of God. Jesus was teaching Nicodemus this very essential truth. For a man to enter into the spiritual Kingdom of God, he must be born of the Spirit. It means that we need to go through the transforming work of God through the Holy Spirit. Only then, we could see and understand spiritual truth. The Kingdom of God is spiritual in nature. The flesh could not comprehend it, let alone teach about it. The ministry that is carried out in the flesh would only produce work of the flesh. For flesh gives birth to flesh, but Spirit gives birth to spirit.
When we want to impart to others the knowledge and life of Christ, we must first be born of the Spirit. That is to say, we must first experience the reality of the transforming work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Without which, we have nothing to impart. We cannot give what we do not have, we cannot impart what we have not received.
We are called to primarily do 2 things: to know God in an intimate and personal way; to make Him known in an authentic and powerful way. Whatever walk of life you may be in, whatever call of God is upon you, unless we are born of the Spirit, we will not be able to see the Kingdom of God. Make that choice today: be born of the Spirit.