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