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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Birth (infancy) (08/20/09)

TITLE: Born Again
By John Esposito
08/25/09


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Born Again

It can be said that infancy is the beginning or the earliest stage of anything. The minute we are born we begin to die, and the race against time begins. That the race we are in isn’t about the precious collection we have in our home now, but about the precious collection we will receive in our eternal home. Lets see how we how we can rethink infancy.

In the gospel of John 3:4-7 (NIV), Jesus is trying to explain this to Nicodemus. “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mothers 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 by me saying, ‘You must be born again.’ A new beginning, a fresh start with the Trinity. Unimaginable love and grace by our Father. Endless time and journey’s with Christ. And clean and fresh air expanding our lungs forever though the Spirit.

I know what this is like trying to explain this to someone and I also know what it’s like to be reborn at the same time. I remember my first mission trip and how all week I felt like a fish staring at the worm. And every time I went to bite the hook, it moved. God taught me about patience and how important it was. God showed me and let me feel a new and different kind of love. He taught me how to see things through someone else’s eyes. I was taught not to judge and to see both sides of the coin. He made my senses come alive and as long as I’m alive they will never die. And for the rest of my life I will see, taste and hear things differently than others, and to this day I still do.

It was a beautiful when the Lord finally let the fish bite the hook. But the best part about that night was the fisherman wasn’t going to eat the fish. He had no intention of gutting the fish and tossing it on the fire. He gently held the fish in His hands and caressed it. He then placed it back into the water and watched it as it splashed around like a new born being baptized and then watched it swim away as it breathed in new life.

A rebirth also happened in the story of the man with leprosy. While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When this man saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, " Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean." Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing, he said. “Be clean!" And immediately the leprosy left him. - Luke 5:12-13 (NIV) This is also a story of a new life, another new beginning.

I wonder how many people that day even after they witnessed this miracle still didn't believe or understand what they had just seen. They heard Jesus was near and they came to see Him. And that was a gift in its self, and not only did they get to witness Jesus, but they got to witness Him perform a miracle. Even though I know not all of them understood, I pray that they did. And being blinded by the times in which you live can sometimes be very dangerous. So I also prayed that a buffer hadn’t been placed between their souls and the threshold to heaven, which was standing right in front of them.

None of us today have leprosy but I know that sometimes it feels that way. How weary we get from all the madness that life delivers to us. Just like the man with leprosy, he must have been weary as well. I know his feet must be sore and blistered from the constant walking in those shoes. But I also know that he will now be able to dance a thousand dances in those same shoes. And you to can dance a thousand dances if you start over with Christ in your heart and let the Holy Spirit transform you from infancy of the human race to the angelic completion of eternal life.


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Yvonne Blake 08/28/09
Wonderful thoughts. You have a lot in this.