“Fresh start”, “new year”, “resolutions”–the words all seem to go together, don’t they? I am not a huge fan making New Year’s resolutions; we all know they tend not to last. I do know of one “resolution”, though, that does last. Forever (and I’m being literal). And even though you don’t have to make this resolution at midnight on December 31, it came to mind when I was thinking about the New Year. It has to do with being born again.
“Born again” may be a foreign term (click here for a funny take on it), but it’s really not that confusing. John 3:3 says:
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”
This is saying that we can’t go to heaven unless we are born again, which, in other words, means accepting Christ as our savior. 1 Peter 1:23 also says:
For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
To be born again is to spend eternity with God in heaven. To accept Jesus as our savior is the only way to do this, according to John 14:6, where Jesus states:
I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
We can make that decision at any point in our lives, and on any one of the 365 days in the year. But since we’re all in the mood for New Year resolutions, look at it this way: Being born again is a chance for a fresh start. A new you. And an opportunity to have a relationship with God. This is what He has wanted for you, even before you were born. And the best decision you will ever make in your entire life is to say “yes”.
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