Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 1:3-5  

Today’s thoughts from today’s verses:

Today’s Scripture uses the term “born again” which in our society is often very much misunderstood and maligned. It could be that those who malign the term understand it more than we think. The simple meaning of the term “born again” is “to be made alive again” and of course it is something that is spiritual and not physical. It does convey the idea that we are inadequate spiritually and in need of a total makeover or redo. Perhaps those who react to the term feel like they are being judged unfairly and viewed poorly when told they need to be born again. It may be that that they feel that no one has the right to tell them they need a total spiritual makeover or redo. If they could only get past the messenger and see themselves in this light before God alone and accept the reality of being spiritually bankrupt, they would be halfway to where they need to get. 

The other half of what is needed is what Christ has done to undo our spiritual bankruptcy. What a great description our passage gives us of what happens to those who recognize their spiritual bankruptcy before God and receive God’s wonderful provision for reversing it. We are told that we are born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Christ, we have obtained an inheritance reserved in heaven, and we are protected or kept by the power of God through faith until then. 

Today’s prayer response from today’s thoughts:

Lord, thank you for your great mercy that has brought this wonderful gift to me. Deliver me from any sense that I am spiritually alright apart from what you provided for me in Christ. Awaken me fully to what it means to be made alive again spiritually.  Fill me with great confidence and anticipation regarding my heavenly inheritance. Give me a boldness for life and my role in advancing your kingdom that fully relies on your powerful protection for keeping me wonderfully intact until the very end. Amen!