Monday, January 15, 2018

Born of the Spirit … a new way of seeing

Morning: Psalm 25; Genesis 8:6-22; Hebrews 4:14 – 5:6
In some religious circles, being “born again” is a yardstick for measuring people’s eternal fate; you’re ‘in’, or you’re ‘out’.  Jesus would cringe at such misunderstanding.  He invites, instead, spiritual re-birth, by which you see that Love is for everyone (you “see the Kingdom”).  Concern about your own eternal future blinds you to the inclusive and loving purpose of creation.  Paradoxically, if you’re preoccupied with whether you are ‘born again’, you’re probably not!  What Jesus calls being born “from above” helps you see beyond your own life to what poet Mary Oliver calls, “your place in the family of things”.

Graham

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