Thought for the month – September 2015

New Beginnings

Back to school, back to college, back to work! All the routine activities that are not as nice as holiday experiences are back to normal. The summer holidays are now just a memory.

But though the month of September marks the end of the holiday season, it’s often a time for new beginnings; a time for new opportunities to start. From starting a new year at school to taking on a new course or job, it marks a time for new things to begin. This can be exciting and good for us.

The Lord Jesus spoke of a new beginning, but it was much more than a new start, or even a second chance. The Lord Jesus was speaking to a man called Nicodemus about being ‘born again’. We can read the story in John chapter 3.

“Except a man be born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God” the Lord Jesus explained. Nicodemus must have had a look of confusion on his face. He just could not understand. “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Nicodemus questioned. The Lord went on to explain to Nicodemus that He wasn’t speaking about natural birth, but spiritual birth. This was something different to what Nicodemus had first imagined. It involved cleansing; it involved receiving life from above. After all, birth is the start of life and the Lord Jesus explained that new birth was receiving life ‘from above’; life from God.

But as the conversation between the Lord Jesus and Nicodemus developed, matters were to become more personal. You “must be born again,” the Lord Jesus said. This was addressed directly to Nicodemus. Nicodemus clearly obeyed the command of the Lord Jesus since he followed Him as a disciple. It was the greatest new beginning for Nicodemus; it was new life that he received. This was much more than a new start, or new opportunity!

So as you are starting new activities this September, think about Nicodemus and the new birth; the everlasting life that he received from God.

It is important that each one of us receives the cleansing and the new life that God offers. It comes through being sorry to God for sin and believing in the Lord Jesus, God’s Son, who died to pay the price sin deserved. Are you ‘born again?’

Andrew Dutton
Speaker, Senior camp 2015