The Birth Is Great! But What’s Next?

I am writing this blog from the room where my twin brother Ben and his wife Ashley will give birth to their first child, Liza Kai Richardson in just a few hours. As I sit here and watch the monitors and listen to the heartbeat of the unborn child, my anticipation of meeting my niece continues to grow. While giving birth is certainly an exciting time and one that we will all remember, I believe that raising the child is the most critical part.

The Bible says in John 3:3-6:

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” “What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?” Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life.

As a Christian, your spiritual birth is an extremely exciting time. It’s a new beginning. A fresh start. But as exciting as the birth of your spiritual life is, what good is it if you remain a spiritual infant and never grow up? What impact can you make without growing?

Just as a child begins with milk and progresses to solid food for nourishment, we as Christians must feast on the Word of God and look to Jesus as the living water so that we can be nourished. I am not one who wants to spend the rest of my Christian life coasting into heaven. I believe that Jesus died on the cross so that I can spend my life making much of Him!

He died for me, I live for Him!

Have you been reborn? Are you ready to take the next step from being a spiritual infant into being a spiritual giant? My prayer today is that you will take your faith to the next level and stop being spoon-fed from your pastors and you begin your own relationship with Jesus so that you can know Him personally, not just by association.


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