Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. — JOHN 3:3
What does Jesus mean when He tells us that we must be born again? Must we enter our mother’s womb again and be born a second time? No, Jesus means that we must be born again to God.
When we are born into this world, then we live for the things of this world. We live selfishly. We care most about ourselves and our pleasure. Our hearts go after all that we see, all of the toys of this world, and we do not love God. But when we are born again, the Holy Spirit comes to live in our heart, and a new life begins within us. We begin to live our life in a new way. We no longer live for the toys and things of the world. Our deepest desire is no longer to please ourselves. Now we love God and the things of another world, the upper world, heaven, and all that is in it. Now God becomes our best friend, and we need and want Him.
Newborn babies cry for their mother’s milk. They are hungry and want to be fed. Spiritual life is like that. When a person is born again, he also cries. He cries for God, whom he now loves, and he longs to have God near him, just as a baby longs to be near its mother. He is made hungry and thirsty to know about God and His Son, Jesus Christ. In Psalm 42:2, David says, “My soul thirsteth for God.”
Now where can a born-again person find God? He must have God! Children, he finds God in His Word, the Bible. The Bible is like milk to a born-again person, and when he reads it and the Holy Spirit brings the Word into his heart, showing him the precious Savior, then it is like drink for his thirsty soul. He is happy when he finds Christ as his Savior in the Bible, for God has fed his hungry soul with Himself.
Children, ask if you too may be born again, be made thirsty for the living God, and be satisfied only with Jesus Christ. Then you too will see and become a citizen of God’s kingdom.
God’s Alphabet for Life: Devotions for Young Children
by Joel R. Beeke and Heidi Boorsma