“Jesus answered, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.” (John 3:5)
This conversation in John 3 is between Jesus and a Jewish Sanhedrin member, Nicodemus, who came to Jesus during the evening hours. Jesus directs the conversation to conversion and tells Nicodemus that for one to enter the Kingdom of God, they must have a conversion experience He likened unto birth (i.e., born again). Completely perplexed, Nicodemus is astounded and overwhelmed with Christ.
We don’t read of Nicodemus again until John 7 when he tries to talk sense into the Sanhedrin and their desire to arrest Jesus. Finally in John’s gospel, we meet him again in John 19, publicly identifying with the followers of Jesus as he is involved in the anointing of His body. From a night encounter to tender service, Nicodemus continues his journey toward following Christ. He started and continued. That’s what discipleship is all about.
So, do you remember when you first began your journey with Christ? Maybe it began when you were young, or maybe it was just recently. Regardless of the “when,” it is critical you stay on the path. We often begin with questions, questions which still baffle us today. Later we learn that Christianity is not about getting our information inquisition completed, but about just simply following hard after the Master, even if our minds are not able to get fully around His answers.
Following Jesus is not only an intellectual pursuit, it is a life altering, directional journey. When Jesus told Nicodemus he must be born again, He was talking about a change, a real change, which would result in a new direction in one’s life. Nicodemus revealed such a change had actually occurred in him by his perseverance to actually stay on the path of following Christ.
Today is your opportunity to continue on your journey. As you seek Him, ask Him what the next steps are for you today. Representing Him where you work, live and breathe is definitely going to be on the agenda. Identifying with others who are following Him will be high on the list as well. Just like Nicodemus, may it be said of you and me, we were last seen serving Christ with others who love Him deeply. Prove you belong to Him…stay on the path!