Isn’t it interesting that when we are young we can’t wait to get older, and when we do get older, all we long for is our youth. Birthdays can be just the first day of another 365 day trip around the sun, but I hope for you it is a day to celebrate. I love the verse in Psalms 103: 5 that says God fills our life with good things, and our youth is continually renewed. William Shakespeare once said, “with mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.” We probably would prefer fewer wrinkles, but I hope you and I never live without joy and laughter. This weekend will be filled with joy and laughter as our family celebrates six birthdays altogether — a daughter, a granddaughter, my mom, my son and my twin nephews. Happy Birthday family!
July 29 is a particularly joyful day for me. Thirty-one years ago today, I woke up at 4 a.m. and I knew it would be the day our second child would be born. Little did I know that in just 47 short minutes after waking up, our second daughter, Monique, would be in my arms. (We made it to the hospital with 20 minutes to spare!) It was a quick and easy supernatural delivery and her birthday is always a joy to celebrate.
Fast forward thirty years to 2016. I was visiting my daughter and son-in-law out of state, awaiting the birth of their first baby, and my first grandchild. Low and behold, today, one year ago, my darling granddaughter was born. July 29 is now extra special, as my second daughter and my first granddaughter share a birthday.
For believers in Jesus, we have a spiritual birth date, as well a natural birthday. Our spiritual birth date is the day we decided to give our hearts to God and live exclusively for Him. Heaven rejoices for every spiritual birthday.
Jesus made some thought-provoking observations about birthdays. In John chapter 3, He talks about being born anew, or born again, or having a spiritual birthday. A leader named Nicodemus, who was religiously accustomed to following rules and regulations, recognized something authentic about Jesus. Nicodemus came to ask Him how to enter the kingdom of God, and Jesus replied to him that he must be born again. Nicodemus asked the logical question, how could he be born again when he is old; because of course reentering his mother’s womb was not an option.
Jesus answered that everyone is born naturally, but not everyone is born spiritually.
Jesus gave the invitation that the way to be able to enter the kingdom of heaven is to be born again. God loved us enough to give His Son for us (John 3:16). Even with all of our faults God’s love reached all the way to us, so that we can become a part of His family. (We are all part of God’s creation when we join the human race; we become God’s family when we are born again.) That’s what we call becoming a Christ follower, or a Christian. We make Jesus the boss of our lives, and ask Him to be our personal Lord and Savior. Through Christ we find forgiveness, experience new life now, and hope for the future. Romans 10:9 and 10 tells us that when we believe in our heart and confess with our mouth, we will be saved. We become born again and have our very own spiritual birthday.
So when is your spiritual birth date? If you don’t have one, you can! In fact it could be today. Heaven would celebrate, and I would too. Happy Birthday!