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“Born again” is the term sometimes used by the Scriptures to refer to conversion (Jn 3:3; 1 Pet 1:3, 23). I used to think of being born again like a wall-switch being flipped on, and the room lighting up instantaneously. But as I look at my experiences in light of the Scriptures, I see more nuance (and beauty) in the Christian life.
Imagine you are stumbling across the street in the early morning darkness, unaware of the cars coming straight at you, when suddenly, the sun peaks over the horizon! You are able to immediately spot the silhouette of oncoming traffic, and avert yourself before a fatal collision. In Christianity, we call this change of direction ”repenting.” But then something else happens. As the sun continues to rise, it emits more light, disintegrating shadows, and forming detail in the undistinguishable objects of nearby trees. By 7am, you are no longer being functional. In addition to walking the right direction, you are now being swept up in the beauty of your surroundings—the ocean waves, the kids wrestling in their front lawn, the birds flying…
You have moved from survival to delight.
Peter spoke of the divine inspiration of Scripture at the hands of God’s prophets, when he exhorted us to take them seriously, saying “…You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts” (2 Peter 1:19, emphasis mine).
You were given life the moment you were born again, but this is only the beginning! Now He is teaching you how to breathe. A powerful and mysterious way of “breathing” is to read the Scriptures until the Jesus dawns in your heart. You may not understand every detail, but as you read them in faith, desiring to gain Christ, he will be found by you!
“Do people go to the Grand Canyon to increase their self-esteem? Probably not. This is, at least, a hint that the deepest joys in life come not from savoring the self, but from seeing splendor. And in the end even [those] will not do. We were made to enjoy God.” – John Piper