Rebirth and Restoration
The words “born again” turn some people off. But rebirth is a central positive theme that God has interspersed throughout Scripture. Just think of the people in the Bible who were given chances to start over. Adam and Eve disobeyed God and couldn’t stay in the Garden, but God led them to new places, new life, is spite of the wrong they’d done.
King David didn’t exactly move smoothly into his promised kingdom, but God worked through David’s failures in order to make the greatest promise come true. Peter actually denied Jesus, yet was not only restored to favor but to the leadership of the burgeoning Christian Church. The Apostle Paul began his work as an enemy to Christ, but was transformed into a powerful founding missionary.
Most important is the rebirth we received first as we proclaimed and followed Jesus Christ. By that, we were promised that the seemingly inexorable march toward death was thwarted by eternal life promised through Jesus. His resurrection from the grave is the model for what he has done and is doing for us. Yet we still might need reminders that God isn’t through with us; that we need further restoration and renewal as we grow in faith.
Perhaps you feel you’ve displeased God at sometime in your life and don’t deserve His love. Well, we’ve all started as resistors to His perfect will and, when we simply turn back, His arms are open to us. We wander, but God doesn’t. And His Grace is not undone by our weaknesses. Just reopen yourself to Him and receive what He only can give.
Come to me with your ears wide open.Listen, and you will find life.I will make an everlasting covenant with you.I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David. Isaiah 55:3