Born, and Born Again

My grandson was born two weeks ago, and since then his parents’ lives have been completely given over to helping him adjust to his new living situation.

I’ve gained an appreciation for all the adjustments he’s making. For learning to breathe air. For responding to the voices of his parents. For learning how to focus and handle light. For learning the satisfaction of a feeding schedule. For freedom of movement; escaping the swaddle to kick and flail without restriction.

He has quite literally come from darkness into light and from security into endless possibilities. From existing alone to resting in the embrace of a family.

Like my grandson, we have all been invited to make the transition into a new life. “You must be born again”, Jesus told a puzzled Pharisee.

So we humble ourselves and accept the gift of life, and discover that the great exchange is indeed like birth. We emerge from that prayer into the welcome of a family, spread all around this world.

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.

Ephesians 2:19-20

We learn to adjust to the light, and start to notice things we’d long overlooked or dismissed. We see others differently – and ourselves, too.

“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

Colossians 1:13-14

The Holy Spirit fills us like the air fills our lungs, giving us a voice and a purpose in this new place, and we learn to discern the voice of our Father from all the others competing for our attention.

Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.

Galatians 4:6

We learn the discipline of feeding from the word of God, gaining strength with each taste.

“Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,”

1 Peter 2:2

And as we adjust to our new life, we gradually discover that we have been offered purpose and opportunity and freedom to make a difference in the broken world that once held us captive. That the life we have been given isn’t for our own comfort, but instead designed to be spent as part of a grand and beautiful plan.

For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

2 Corinthians 5:14-17

I cuddle my little grandson close, praying that one day he too will choose this second birth. For his days on this earth are numbered, and I don’t know if they will be many or few. But the days of redemption following the second birth stretch ever outward and upward, into an infinity of light and love.

For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.

1 Peter 1:23

5 thoughts on “Born, and Born Again

  1. “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” ‭‭John‬ ‭8:36‬ ‭NIV‬‬
    Andrea, first of all congratulations on the grandson, and I love the picture you painted of him being free and squirming and wiggling in the freedom of this new world. It reminds me of John 8:36. I love that we are free in Christ! And, that we are new creations!

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  2. This is so wonderful, Andrea. Isn’t a new grandbaby wonderful?! Congratulations! The deeper we go with God, the more our eyes are opened. It’s an amazing gift.

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