“I have heard about You before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes.” Job 42:5
I heard about Jesus as a child, but I didn’t see Him with my eyes until many years later.
I wasn’t raised in a Christian home. My parents didn’t care one way or another if I went to church, but God did, so He prompted the neighbor’s daughter to invite me to Vacation Bible School.
“Lucky” for me the church was close enough that I could walk to it, and so I did. I started going to Sunday school and GA’s, a class for girls, on Wednesday evenings.
On one particular Wednesday evening, the Bible story was Jonah and the whale. At the end of the lesson, I remember thinking, “If I don’t do what Jesus wants me to do, I will end up in the belly of a whale, too!”, and I started to cry. The next thing I remember is the preacher’s wife coming to pray with me to ask Jesus into my heart, and for the next twelve years, I believed I had seen Jesus with my eyes, but in truth, I had only heard about Him.
For years I continued going to that little church by myself. If you are reading this and you’re a parent that sends your child to church, I encourage you to please go with them. It’s lonely as a child to go to church by yourself.
Flashing forward to my early twenties, I began questioning if I was really a child of God. I knew about Jesus and believed He is the Son of God, but something was missing.
In John 3, Nicodemus knew something was missing in his life, too. The Bible tells us he came to Jesus by night and asked, “What must I do to be saved?” Jesus replied, “I tell you, you must be born again.” When I read those two words, “born again,” I knew what was missing. Like Nicodemus, I needed to be born from above. I needed a spiritual transformation. So in the privacy of my home, I bowed my knee to Jesus Christ and surrendered my life to Him as my Lord and my Savior. If you have prayed to receive Christ, you know what I am talking about when I say, “He answered my prayer and came into my life!”
Some people call what I went through, “doubting my salvation.” Some say, if you doubt your salvation, the devil is trying to trip you up. Maybe he is, but perhaps he isn’t. I tell people who are questioning their salvation to “see it through,” don’t stop searching for what’s missing until you find it. You have everything to gain, and the devil has everything to lose. If you see it through and you come out on the other side standing firm in your salvation, the devil loses. If you come out on the other side realizing you aren’t saved and get saved, he loses again!
The two years I questioned my salvation was tough, but there was never a time when I wanted to give up. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was in a spiritual battle for my soul. The devil is okay with “pretend” Christians, but God is not.
If you have heard about Jesus, but you have never seen Him with your eyes, I pray that you will take the time to read the following article from one of my favorite go-to websites, Got Questions. ~ Blessings ~
Question: “What does it mean to be a born again Christian?”
Answer: The classic passage from the Bible that answers this question is John 3:1-21. The Lord Jesus Christ is talking to Nicodemus, a prominent Pharisee, and member of the Sanhedrin (the ruling body of the Jews). Nicodemus had come to Jesus at night with some questions.
As Jesus talked with Nicodemus, He said, “‘I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.’ ‘How can a man be born when he is old?’ Nicodemus asked. ‘Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, “You must be born again”’” (John 3:3-7).
The phrase “born again” literally means “born from above.” Nicodemus had a real need. He needed a change of his heart—a spiritual transformation. New birth, being born again, is an act of God whereby eternal life is imparted to the person who believes (2 Corinthians 5:17; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:3; 1 John 2:29; 3:9; 4:7; 5:1-4, 18). John 1:12, 13 indicates that being “born again” also carries the idea of “becoming children of God” through trust in the name of Jesus Christ.
The question logically comes, “Why does a person need to be born again?” The apostle Paul in Ephesians 2:1says, “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins” (NKJV). To the Romans he wrote, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Sinners are spiritually “dead”; when they receive spiritual life through faith in Christ, the Bible likens it to a rebirth. Only those who are born again have their sins forgiven and have a relationship with God.
How does that come to be? Ephesians 2:8-9 states, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” When one is saved, he/she has been born again, spiritually renewed, and is now a child of God by right of new birth. Trusting in Jesus Christ, the One who paid the penalty of sin when He died on the cross, is the means to be “born again.” “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
If you have never trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, will you consider the prompting of the Holy Spirit as He speaks to your heart? You need to be born again. Will you pray the prayer of repentance and become a new creation in Christ today? “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God” (John 1:12-13).
If you want to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and be born again, here is a sample prayer. Remember, saying this prayer or any other prayer will not save you. It is only trusting in Christ that can save you from sin. This prayer is simply a way to express to God your faith in Him and thank Him for providing for your salvation. “God, I know that I have sinned against you and am deserving of punishment. But Jesus Christ took the punishment that I deserve so that through faith in Him I could be forgiven. I place my trust in You for salvation. Thank You for Your wonderful grace and forgiveness—the gift of eternal life! Amen!”