Do you know your spiritual birthday?

When my Pops was in his eighties, he and I took a road trip together.  He was too old to drive long distances, so I drove his car out to Texas for Mark, his oldest grandchild’s wedding.  It was just me and Pops riding down Interstate 10 for hours.  We talked about all the life he had lived…wars, invention of TV, being a kid during the Great Depression, the Braves (he loved watching the Braves), his 11 brothers and sisters, a family vacation he took as a kid to California, etc.  It was probably to most that Pops and I had ever talked with one another.

My Pops had grown up in the church, attended every time the doors were open and sang in the choir.  About 5 hours into our road trip together, I asked him when he became a Christian.  At first he did not understand the question, because in his mind, he had been a Christian his entire life.  And when I kept prodding him about his spiritual birthday, he said, “You mean BORN AGAIN?”.  We went on to have a long, spiritual conversation about his salvation and personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

One of the things that concerns me is that there are a lot of people who are simply churchgoers.  They come to church on a fairly regular basis.  They do a lot of good activities in the church and community.  But has Jesus changed their lives.  Are they BORN AGAIN?  Have they repented of their sins and are now living as a new creation…a God-centered, Spirit-filled, abundant life in Jesus Christ.  Jesus was crystal clear that a person has to be BORN AGAIN in order to go to heaven (John 3:3).

What is your spiritual birthday?  When were you BORN AGAIN?  When did Jesus breathe eternal life into your soul?  When did you become a new creation and Jesus changed your life for all eternity (2 Corinthians 5:17)?

If you do not know your spiritual birthday, then you probably do not have one.  You should know you spiritual birthday just like you know your physical birthday.  If you are not sure if you have a spiritual birthday, then TODAY sounds pretty good to me.

“Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2b NLT

3 replies »

  1. Jonathan, I just turned 58 on my spiritual b’day. I am proud of the young man you have become in Christ I am adding you to my prayer list. Keep up the good work. We have too few pastors that make people comfortable in the pew.

  2. January 1, 1985 for me. I was 17 years old. I was a good kid. I hadn’t been in much trouble at all, but I realized God was tugging at my heart to have a relationship with Him.

    Sometimes, I fear the most for those who have grown up in church, but have yet to accept Jesus as ruler or Lord of their life. What a horrible thing it would be, to be so close, but miss the mark and not choose Christ.

    Most of us naturally try to get our boxes check marked by doing good deeds, but only what Jesus did for us will pay for what we deserve and give us the benefit of a relationship with the God of this universe.

    That’s what I finally realized and now my life is being changed for my Lord daily. Thank you, God.


  3. My spiritual birthday was when I was 60 years old. It’s never too late to be saved and born again. I used God as I wanted and needed during my lifetime up until he struck me with His thunderbolt and I hungered for his word and my salvation. His plan is always best as he put my faith firmly in place so that I would be strong in Him during the loss of my husband and then my mother. He has done such wonders in these 7 short years and I’m thankful everyday for his unconditional love for me, for the forgiveness of my sins through Jesus Christ and for the promise of my eternal home with Him!!! It was God and God alone that brought me to my Graystone family that I love so much, and I’m so thankful that he did.

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