Wednesday, March 15
Spiritual Questions: Born Again? John 3:1-17 Rodney Mathis
BORN AGAIN. As I write this, the Atlanta Falcons are preparing for the Super Bowl. By the time you read this, they will have won or lost. Will the results change the message of this devotion? Maybe. Maybe not. How does the Atlanta Falcons turn around season relate to the Spiritual question of being born again?
Let’s look at Quarterback Matt Ryan for instance. Last year was his 8th season as a professional quarterback and his first season playing for a new head coach and new offensive coordinator. He struggled and had the worst season of his career. People were calling him washed up.
This year is a different story. Matt Ryan is having the best season of his career and is the leading candidate to win the NFL Most Valuable Player award. What happened? I read an interview with the new offensive coordinator, Kyle Shannahan, and this was his response (paraphrased): “Matt had to learn to play with his back turned, looking away from the action. In the past, he had to see everything in front of him.” This year he adapted to the change and excelled. He learned a new way to play. He learned to trust his teammates more, to have faith in his coaches’ plans and in his teammates to execute those plans. He no longer had to “see” everything before it took place.
I am reminded of several verses of scripture. Hebrews 11:1 proclaims that “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Romans 8:28 promises that “In all things, God works for good through those called according to his purpose.”
This week’s scripture, John 3:1-17 captures Jesus’ debate with Nicodemus about being born again. Jesus tells Nicodemus that to enter the Kingdom of Heaven we must be born again. Nicodemus takes Jesus literally, but Jesus replies figuratively and spiritually in John 3:13 when he states that “Spirit gives birth to Spirit”. When we are born again, we let go of our old ways, open our hearts to His Spirit and have faith His plan.
Dear God, help us to trust you when we can’t see the way ahead. Thank you for your promise to take care of us as we open our hearts to you.