The Good News
“‘You must be born again.’” (John 3:7 NIV)
The good news of Jesus is the Gospel—that if you confess your sins, put your faith in Jesus Christ, and believe that he’s the Son of God who died on a cross two thousand years ago for your sins, you will receive the gift of eternal life. Your sins will be forgiven; and what you couldn’t do for yourself, God will do for you. He will wash away, pardon, erase, your transgressions, and remember them no more. Further, he will put within you the Holy Spirit, which is a down payment guaranteeing the fact that you will spend eternity with Christ. That’s the good news.
Christians are not people who come into a building on Sundays; Christians are people who have been changed by Christ. If you are a Protestant or Catholic, or you have a traditional relationship with a church, that’s not what you need, according to Jesus. Jesus said it very simply: “You must be born again.”
When a person applies to become an usher or choir member in a church, for example, the first question that should be asked is if they’re born again. They should be asked to explain their experience with the Lord. It doesn’t really matter how well the person sings. If the person is not truly a Christian, their participation in a choir or ensemble is not going to make for good Christian music. You have to sing about something you’ve experienced.
Why don’t you take inventory of your life today? Have you accepted Jesus into your heart as your Lord and Savior? Are you born again? If not, why don’t you make that decision today?
Perhaps it’s a loved one that you’re believing God for—someone who may even be coming to church, but who hasn’t made that decision for Christ. If so, never give up praying for the person. In the book of Acts, Paul and Silas said to the jailer, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household” (Acts 16:31). I believe that promise holds true for every Christian today.
Read John 3:1-8.