“Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God… unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” John 2
It’s not that I’m good or spiritual. God first loved me and presented in front of me an offer that I can’t refuse – the promise of eternal life and the right to be his child.
How can you refuse an offer like that? It’s better than being winning a lottery. You win lots of money and then you die.
Accepting Him, believing Him to me is a matter of understanding what is good for me. A secure long term investment that is much more secure than FDIC insured CD. My dog does things to receive his rewards – walk, food, my affection etc.
The reward God presents is too great to ignore. The possibility of losing the opportunity is too unbearable.
So, I will do what it takes to receive the reward. Have faith in Jesus the Son of God. Be born again of Holy Spirit.
God will give new and eternal life to “everyone who believes” in Jesus his Son. Only a new life within can counter the grip of death on our personalities. The implanting of new life from God within is a promise that life will change – that we will grow toward Jesus’ likeness.