Born Anew

Norman Vincent Peale writes a beautiful parable about a baby in the prenatal state, tucked under his mother’s loving heart.
  “Suppose that someone might come to this unborn baby and state, ‘You cannot stay here very long. In a few months, you will be born or, as you may think of it, die out of your present state.’  The baby might stubbornly refuse, ‘I don’t want to leave here. I’m comfortable, well cared for; I’m warm, loved, and happy.  I don’t want to be what you call born or what I call die out of this place.’

  But in the normal course of events, the baby is born. He does die out of his present existence. And then what does he find? He feels beneath him strong and loving arms.  He looks up into a beautiful face, tender with love, the face of his mother.  Everyone loves him.  He is welcomed, cuddled, cared for. And he would say, ‘How foolish I was.  This is a wonderful place. Sure glad I didn’t stay back there.’
  Finally, after years of life, he grows old. His hair is white, his steps slower; his natural energy abated. Someone might come to him and say, ‘You cannot stay here. You are going to die, or as we might say it, be born out of this place into another.’  And he might stubbornly refuse. ‘I don’t want to leave this world. I like it here. It is warm and mostly pleasant and I have my loved ones. I love this place.  I don’t want to die, or as you say be born into this other place.’      
  But there comes a time when he does die. And then what does he find?  God’s loving arms beneath him.  He looks up into a beautiful face, tender with love, the face of Christ, a face more lovely than that first face he saw so long ago.  Everyone loves him. He is welcomed, cared for…in the most incredible place he has ever been.  Yes, you guessed it.  Soon he is exclaiming, ‘Why this is wonderful.  I love this new life. I want to remain here forever…’ And he does…”

  Jesus told Nicodemus: “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.” John 3:5  Jesus told His disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God; trust also in me.  In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”John 14:1-3

  Jesus is preparing a place for prepared people.  When we die (born anew), we go home to live with Him through-out eternity.                              For the Christian, the best is yet to come



2 Responses to “Born Anew”

  1. The Bible reminds us that even thought we don’t fully understand the reason for pain, suffering and even death, but when all is said & done God is always faithful to provide for His children, and “we know that in all things God works for the good for those who love HIm, who have been called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) We can be joyful and faithful regardless of age or circumstances because as you say, “the best is yet to come!” For the Christian there need be no fear. Christ has take away the fear of death and has given hope! And that place He is preparing for us, according to the Apostle Paul is a “far better” place. Paul wrote, “having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.” (Philippians 1:23) Isn’t God amazing? He gives us more than we deserve or should expect? But that is the way He is!

  2. Sometimes when I think about what is on the “other side”
    (in heaven), I am anxious to go (as in, the end of the world). But then I think about all the unsaved people that I love and I want things to tarry until they all come to know Christ. So, as I well know, only God knows the perfect timing and I just have to trust Him. But I am anxious to spend eternity with him and with all my brothers and sisters in Christ.

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