Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3
One night, a brilliant man named Nicodemus came to Jesus. He was intrigued by what he saw, and he wanted to know more. This man was religious. He kept the law, and he would have said that his life was under the rule of God. He knew God’s promise to establish a kingdom, and he would have been confident of his own place in it. But Jesus says to this man, “Unless you are born again, you won’t even see the kingdom of God, let alone be in it!”
Any discussion of the kingdom of God has to begin here—a fundamental restructuring of a person’s inner life. By nature, we all seek out our own kingdom. We want to live under our own rule. And Jesus is saying, “Unless there is a fundamental restructuring of your inner life, your deepest affections, and your deepest desires, you cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Restructuring a person’s life is something that only God can do. Only the Creator can make you a new creation. The Bible speaks of giving thanks to the Father because “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Col. 1:13-14).
God breaks the power of resistance to Himself that reigned in us, and He brings us into the freedom and forgiveness that are found under the rule of Christ.
Have you experienced this fundamental restructuring of your inner life? If so, thank God that He has made you a new creation! If not, what is holding you back?