Jesus answered and said to him, “Unless you are born of God, you will not see the kingdom of God”. (John 3:3)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy has caused us to be born again, into a living hope, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. (1 Peter 1:3)
We celebrated my granddaughter Adelai Rose’s first birthday last Saturday! What a blessing she is, a gift to all of our family. When the celebration meal was ready I gathered the family to give thanks to God, for all his blessings and for the gift of Ade.
As I prayed, I found myself overwhelmed with emotion: so many blessings, yet too much distancing and separation of families and friends; feelings of grief and loss, and yet – great joy; a longing for more life and freedom, and knowing something new is being birthed in this time. God’s love was being poured out upon us; I was undone (broken, in a good way), but standing firm in the Lord and expectant for the days ahead.
Mothers are giving birth every day, and they know labor pains. They did not experience this kind of discomfort or agony for the first nine months, but then it all changed. A transition to going into labor; a time of waiting. Three trimesters of chronos time, and then the shift to giving birth. Some birthing experiences are short and some women’s stories are about hours of labor. But the results are so good! New Birth! A Baby! A Gift!
Our times are in God’s hands. Truly, we have entered God’s kairos time since mid-March. Certainly God is bringing about a major change, a shift, a transition; we are in a birthing process. We cannot ignore this reality; it is already upon us. Is it time to get your house in order, your personal life? How about our world? What about Christ’s Church?
What needs to change in your life for God to birth something new? What changes need to happen for the church to be ready for a new era? What change is God looking for in our country?
Searching the scriptures, you will find many instances of the Lord calling his family, his children he loves, to change their ways. God is looking for a humility that leads to repentance; that we would be undone over the mess in our world and the sin in our life. Only we can confess our own sins. Take time to do so. During this down time, focus on God; behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
Psalm 24:3-5a asks, Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord; who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in idols or swear deceitfully. They will receive a blessing from the Lord.
God wants to give you the most precious gift he has; are you prepared to receive it? As precious and vulnerable as a new-born baby, and yet filled with such power for doing great works of faith. God has and will, even more abundantly, pour out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. This is already upon us. It is God’s time! May it come like rain, for a new day, and a great harvest of new birth! Come, Holy Spirit; come!
In Christ’s love, Pastor Tim
PS: We will share communion on June 7 during our 10 a.m. time of worship. Come join us at church if you can, or you will be able to listen to the audio or watch the video and share in the Lord’s Supper at that time