Thursday, October 14, 2010

Knowing God - John 3:3

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I tell you the truth,
no one can see the kingdom of God
unless he is born again.
John 3:3
 
What does being "born again" mean? C. S. Lewis might have inadvertantly described it like this ...
It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.
Being born again means something like this: You and I -- naturally -- have either heads or hearts that are as rocky as a hard-boiled egg. But like the egg, we have to die to our present form in order to stretch our wings and fly.
 
Now, I just used the word "die" -- as in "die to self." Jesus is the master because he used a friendlier term -- new birth! It's not just dying and rising; it's crawling out of darkness and finally discoving light!
 
In Christ's Love
a rotten egg ...
unless I hatch
(better get cracking!)
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Breaking out of your shell.  Cracking open.  All painful images.  When we are protected inside our comfortable shells we are less likely to get hurt. But on the other hand, we are unable to grow. to stretch.  to see the light. We are truly born again once, but sometimes the shell can reform and we stop where we are.  There are times when we need to break out of that shell - and it can be just as hard - or harder.  Keeping the walls down, the shell from reforming ... it is constant work and prayer.  But we will see heaven one day!

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