2nd Sunday of Lent
Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.’ Nicodemus said to Jesus , ‘How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?’ John 3:3-4
In the third chapter of his Gospel John reminds Nicodemus of God’s abundant love and generosity demonstrated in gift of his only Son. Nicodemus’s problem, and sometimes ours as well, is that we make faith to complicated. We fall into the trap of thinking that God’s love for us is dependent upon us doing the right things, that somehow we have to earn his favour, in order to deserve his love. What John chapter 3 reminds us is that, God’s love is freely given and can never be bought or earned.
“Giving is us expressing our gratitude to God. - Not us earning Gods favour.”
The only way to be born a new in this sinful world is to trust in the new life that God pours into us through the Holy Spirit , a gift that is free to all who will receive it and put their trust in Jesus. The only thing required by us is faith. Only once we put our trust entirely in Spirit of the one and only God will our lives be transformed and our values changed into the values and priorities of the Kingdom. The reason that we love is because he first loved us
Till next time….Andrew.
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Rev. Andrew Smith
Vicar of Light in the Hills