Have you ever thought of the phrase “born again” and been a bit like Nicodemus? He was a man searching for the truth. He came to Jesus because he wanted to know how to have eternal life. When Jesus told him he had to be born again, Nicodemus was stumped. He started thinking in logical terms and could see no way this could happen.
I began thinking about this and the Lord took me to 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” I just love how the Word of God has an exclamation point at the end of the verse. It is something to be celebrated and shouted.
The verse tells us that we are something totally different than before. I don’t know about you, but when I accepted Christ into my life, I looked the same on the outside as I did five minutes before I prayed the prayer. The difference was on the inside.
Think about a frog for a minute. A frog starts off as a tadpole. A tadpole lives in the water, travels in the water, has no legs, and cannot breathe outside of the water. Once it is transformed into a frog, it can live outside of the water; it travels on land by hopping on its legs and it can breathe. Once a tadpole changes into a frog it can function on land because it is equipped with what it needs to survive on land.
When we become believers in Christ Jesus, we become equipped with all we need to survive life on earth [Hebrews 13:20-21]. The Holy Spirit guides and directs our steps, if we surrender daily to His authority. We may look the same on the outside physically, but we are transformed on the inside. Now that is a transformation worth the labor.