Birth is often used as a metaphor for change. New birth is momentous. I remember well the vast change for me from being a husband to being a father. This change opened up an entirely new world. I experienced this again with my granddaughter’s birth. Soon we are anticipating the birth of our first great-grandchild. I expect her arrival to open a door again to a new world.
Experiencing new birth when I first professed my belief in Jesus as my Savior started new life for me. God formed my life into something it couldn’t have been without Jesus. It doesn’t make me better than anyone else, but it does move me to want to be a better person for Christ’s sake. Each new thing learned or experienced becomes something like rebirth.
Transformation comes through ongoing spiritual renewal. God doesn’t want us to stop at the point of declaring our faith. As we become more familiar with the Bible there are “aha moments” that transform how we look at ourselves and people around us. As we dedicate ourselves to serve and pray for others, we are changed.
What we learn through Scripture, through regular prayer and serving other in Jesus’ name changes our lives—like being renewed (reborn). Seek the Lord daily throughout your life and you will find renewal.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16