Scriptural reading: 1 Peter 1:23
For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
Today’s reading from 1Peter 1:23 reminds me the beginning of my journey in ministry some years ago. At that time there was a saying: ‘Are you born again?
So I thought that a meditation on the topic ‘born again’ would be a personal reflection for each and every Christian.
Synonym words for ‘’born again’’ in the dictionary are: regeneration, transformation, transfiguration, change of heart, metamorphosis.
The Bible tells us that being born again is an act of God whereby eternal life is given to the person who believes (2 Corinthians 5:17, Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:3; 1 John 2: 29; 3:9; 4:7; 5: 1-4, 18).
It his first letter, Peter the Apostle is preaching to Christians reminding the importance of being born again of imperishable seed through the living and enduring word of God.
In John’s Gospel 3: 3-7, Jesus emphasizes on the truth of the concept to be born again.
As Jesus talked with Nicodemus, He said, “‘I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.’ ‘How can a man be born when he is old?’ Nicodemus asked. ‘Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!’ Jesus answered, ‘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”’” (John 3: 3-7)
Nicodemus had a real need. He needed a change of his heart, a spiritual transformation,
As Christians, we are reminded that we are akin to Nicodemus; we are in need to be born again by the living and enduring word of God. But the question is why do we need to be born again?
In Ephesians 2:1, Paul says, “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins” (NKJV).
To the Romans he wrote, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3: 23)
Sinners are spiritually “dead” and because of our sinful nature, we are constantly in need of repentance for renewal and regeneration by the word of God through the Holy Spirit.
Christians’ life purpose is Eternal life in God’s Kingdom because we are God’s creation made to live for Eternity. (Eccl. 3.11) (Rick Warren, author of the book ‘’Purpose Driven Life.’’)
A Prayer for today
Almighty God, Heavenly Father, we beseech you: May the fire of the Holy Spirit burn out our old perishable nature and kindle a new flame setting our heart on fire for you alone. We give you thanks for the forgiveness of our sins and to renew our life in you through Jesus Christ who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Diocese of Mauritius