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Derek Homer | Reborn

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by Derek Homer

An upbeat, Christian praise song inspired by John 3:3 - Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” (NLT)
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"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." John 3:3-5 NLT

Like Nicodemus, I must admit that this scripture didn’t make a lot of sense to me. Of course I was familiar with the verse itself; I’d heard it quoted several times and had read it often. However, that didn’t mean I understood it.

I was raised in a Christian home and I attended a Christian school as a child. I had been baptised as a baby and I received plenty of instruction on being a ‘good Christian’. In fact, the instruction was so good that today, I continue to attend church regularly (Pro 22:6).

In this light, the concept of being “reborn’ seemed redundant; I felt I had already been “born” of Christ. Surely the scripture didn’t apply to me? Only now, decades later, I have begun to receive a fresh revelation of what this might mean, and how it does indeed apply to me. Let me share some of that revelation with you.

From our perspective, our birth is the very start of everything. A collision of Nature and Nurture forges us into who we are today: our likes, our dislikes, our dreams, our “personality”... Because we are born into this world, we inherit it’s fallen state. Many of us quickly learn to put ourselves first, seeking our own ambitions, fulfilment or welfare. Even though we believe we are good, we often only consider how we might help others after we feel “we are doing okay” ourselves.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ puts this in reverse. Through His Word, He tells us to love others first (Phil 2:3), and when we do we should go the extra mile (Matt 5:41). Such things do not come naturally to many of us, because we weren’t born into a state where this is ‘natural’. Therefore, He presents the ultimate way to reset the clock and wipe the slate totally clean: we are to be “reborn”.

Being born not only concerns starting anew; birth tends to mean a connection to family. We adopt the traits and behaviours of our parents and siblings as they are the ones closest to us (unless we intentionally choose otherwise).

As Nicodemus quickly determined, Christ wasn’t referring to a physical rebirth. Christ mentioned being born of the Spirit (John 3:5-6), where I believe He desires our spirits to act more in accordance with His Holy Spirit, where we treat others with love, patience and kindness (Gal 5:22).

I may not always do as perfectly as I’d like - if I did, then I would not longer need Christ. However, I know that it is not my intention to sin, and when I do, I repent and make amends.

My song, Reborn, is about being rescued from the fallen state of mankind, and having a renewed desire to follow His Spirit. I have been rescued from believing that my actions were enough to please God, when He deserves all of my heart as well. Most important of all, He has rescued me from the eternal consequence of sin.

If that isn’t worth singing about, then what is?! My eyes are heavenward, seeking Him... "No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice..." (Psa 16:9)



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