‘You must be born again.’ John 3:7 NKJV
The Anglican clergyman George Whitefield was just as much responsible for the transformation of England as well as the Great Awakening in America as John and Charles Wesley.
In a letter to Benjamin Franklin, who delighted in coming to hear Whitefield speak, he said: ‘As I find you growing more and more famous in the learned world, I would recommend to your diligent and unprejudiced study the mystery of the new birth. It is a most important study, and when mastered, will richly answer all your pains. I bid you, my friend, remember that One at whose bar we shall both presently appear, hath solemnly declared that without it we shall in no wise see His Kingdom.’
That was a very wise recommendation to Franklin—a man who is noted in the history of the world as being wise. Jesus said, ‘You must be born again,’ and there has never been a person who earnestly sought the new birth and didn’t find it. Even our seeking is created by the Spirit of God (see John 6:44).
Are you tired of the emptiness and purposelessness of your life? Are you tired of the filthy rags of your own righteousness? Are you willing to trust someone other than yourself? Then look to the cross of Christ. Place your trust in Him and ask Him to come in and be born in you today. You can be born once and die twice, but if you’re born twice, you will only die once. Jesus said, ‘He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life.’ (John 3:36 NKJV)
SoulFood: 1 Chr 1–2, John 8:42–59, Ps 123, Pro 25:18–20
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023