Testimony

I was ‘Born Again’!

Jesus is in Heaven preparing a place for us. His work on earth is finished. He doesn’t walk streets of dirt anymore. He is sitting at the right hand of the Father. The only way He gets what He wants here on earth is through the body of the believer and the Holy Spirit that indwells each believer.

I was born and reared in Idaho Falls, Idaho, 100 miles from Yellowstone National Park. I could look up from my city’s 5,000-foot elevation at sunrise and see the snow atop the Grand Teton mountain range.  I was twenty-two years old when I met my wife Laura.  She was from Dallas, Texas.  I fell in love with her Texas drawl and she was “purty” too!  She was on vacation going through Yellowstone Park.  Before she left, she said to me, “It doesn’t snow in Texas.”  That sounded great to me, so I followed her home!  And we got married.

My boss Don Bailey invited me to go to church with him on Sunday morning.  He promised to buy lunch afterwards for my wife and me.  I agreed.  I went to church to get a free meal!  That morning at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Temple, Dallas, Texas, I realized for the first time that I was a sinner.  I realized that my sin separated me from a holy God.  I realized that this same holy God Himself came to earth in the form of the Man, Jesus Christ, to pay my sin debt.  I realized that my only hope of having my sin debt paid was through Jesus Christ.  I received His gracious payment.  At that moment, I was regenerated or what the Bible calls “born again.”

What does it mean to be “born again”? The Holy Spirit of God moved inside of me. I became a new creature because of regeneration. “All things become new…” the Bible says in II Corinthians 5:17, because I have never been on my way to Heaven before now. “Old things are passed away…” as I can never be on my way to Hell again!

What God wants for my life is in the Bible, and the Bible lives inside of me through the Author. So, the Holy Spirit moves inside of me and brings with Him “what God wants.” Living inside of me are two things: what God wants and what I want. However, I constantly must make choices: to want what I want or to want what God wants. The good news is that what God wants is available to be mine if I want it! His want lives inside of me, but He will not force what he wants on me! “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalms 23:1).