Monday, August 3, 2009

What Is A Born-Again Christian?

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (John 3:3)

I asked my sister's housemaid just this morning on what is a born-again Christian. She uttered shyly, "When you had me accept Jesus as my personal Savior and Lord?" "Yes!" I said. "When was it, Mayet?" I asked further. "March, 2009", she said then with assurance and with almost tears in her eyes. She was sure because she knew it was her gate pass to heaven. I knew, too, because I witnessed her cry after we said the prayer of salvation. We, two, were left in the house that day and I thought it as opportune time to share Jesus to her.

To you, friends, who is a born-again Christian? Although many of you know the answer, I have to answer it for the sake of those who do not know.

A born-again Christian is someone who truly and wholeheartedly repents all his sins and accepts Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. He is, therefore, a new creature. He is assured, then, of going to heaven. It is a very simple act of humility before Jesus Christ while lifting Him up on high as Lord and Savior. It is a prayer of submission to God. It does not have to be a spectacular scene in public to boast himself. He can even do it in his bedroom alone and nobody can see.

But, many failed or prideful enough to do this act of humility. "Why should I?" they always say. They know Christ already and pray to Him. There is no need for personal acceptance. Wrong, friend! Knowing Christ is not the same as accepting Him. Satan even recognizes Him well, trembles at His name and flee. There is a big difference between knowing and accepting. It is likened into not accepting the gift given to you and you know fully well that it is for you in contrast with accepting it because you know it is yours.

It is a sad thing to learn that others do not even care to listen to somebody talking about salvation. For them it is waste of time, a trash. They said they have other more special things to do. Which is more important, those other things man just do in this temporary earth that will vanish soon and be replaced or that true relationship as sons and daughters of the Most High God with heaven-bound assurance? You know which of those are very important.

Friends, you do not have to be super-heroic and extra-clean to humble yourself before Christ to let Him come into your life as your personal Savior and Lord. Just be your sinful self accepting that you cannot do anything without Him. Truly repent and ask Him to be your personal Savior and Lord. With His help, you can be a better person. You, with Him, can do it little by little everyday until He will bring you home. He knows you are a man (or a woman) and, therefore, frail. You do not have to struggle. Do it, friend, before it is too late.

Happy reading!

(c) August 2009, Luisa Mercado

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