Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” John 3:3
It is common in many businesses that when things go completely bad, that they shut down for a time, reorganize and then reopen. Their attempt is to rebrand themselves as better than before to build the business up again.
This type of rebranded or restarting can be seen in businesses and the lives of people. It is all about trying out something completely different, going a different direction than before.
Nicodemus, a Pharisee, recognized that Jesus must be from God and tells Jesus that. Jesus tells him that if anyone wants to see the kingdom of heaven, he must be born again.
Claiming to believe in Jesus or God is very easy for a person to do. All that is said are a few words. Many people have made this claim and believe that they are going to heaven someday. But very few have actually made a change in their life.
All over the world, there are many in the church who claim to believe in Jesus, but continue to purposely live a sinful lifestyle. They have neither changed, nor attempted to change. The desire is to live in both worlds, sin and heaven.
One who truly believes in and follows Jesus will be changed. God will do a complete restart of his life. It will be as though he had died and was reborn as a brand new baby, innocent and pure. As he grows the second time, it will be as a completely different person. The past is gone and a new life has begun.
If a person has not undergone this transformation and rebirth, he will be unable to get into heaven, regardless of his words. Jesus does not save a person to keep him in sin, but to remove him out of sin into a new life.
As a believer, examine yourself. How much of your old self still remains? Allow God and His Holy Spirit to come in and give you a brand new start. Be the changed person Jesus made you to be.
Be born again into the new creation that is the image of Jesus, not the sinful, fallen world. Turn away from old sinful ways and live the life God is giving you. Be the new creation in Christ Jesus. Allow God to restart your life for eternity.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will give you a new beginning; that you will live as God desires you to live; and that God will make you into a new creation.