You have heard the expression, “born again”?
Actually, the term born again is referring to a life-changing experience that transforms our lives spiritually.
Imagine your life goes a long day by day with very little change and very little hope for change. Then a set of circumstances presents themselves. You were drawn or compelled to have some kind of exchange with something beyond yourself. Let’s say it’s the realization that being conscious of love is very important. You choose to understand love more fully. You may read some books, you may try to be kinder to animals and family members, or decide to involve yourself in a charity that feeds the homeless. You notice that the small activities change you. You feel good while you’re working on yourself and doing small acts of kindness to help those in need or those around you.
For me, my transformation started when I spent time with street people. Some of them talked about faith in Jesus Christ. I wasn’t sure exactly what that meant but they told me about a relationship that they had with God and asked me if I wanted to experience it. These people were gentle and loving and in my innermost being I knew that I wanted what they had. I followed a simple prayer, and asked Jesus to come into my life and guide me according to his teachings. I really had no idea what any of this meant, it just felt so right that I was compelled to move. I felt new, changed in ways I couldn’t describe except for this joy that I felt and the desire to be with the people and to learn what they had to offer.
If you were to ask me today what it meant to have a relationship with God, I could only answer in the most simplistic ways. The older I get the more I know not to put God into a box. There are those outside of my faith and I know they have had a transformational experience and I would refer to them as being born again. There is a goodness and love that I have encountered with the divine that allows me to relate to their experience with the divine. God has chosen me to work within the Christian community just as God may have chosen them to work within their faith community.
Being born again means to be born of the Spirit.