April 24

1 Peter 1:21-23

“You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.” vs. 23

Peter’s words to those early followers of Jesus were intended to give them encouragement and hope. They were a holy people, set aside by God to make a difference in the world. Their strength came not from their own merit or worthiness but as a gift from God through the Holy Spirit. The life that had been engendered in them had not come from the union of a sperm and an egg, but from the eternal Word of God, present in the creation of the universe and now present in them through the Christ. They really had been born anew, a new birth celebrated in baptism and lived out in the love that marked their daily interactions. It’s almost as though we exist as two persons in this world, the one that is the product of biological and genetic interconnections, and the other that has been born of God. Sometimes we’re barely aware of our divine selves and live totally in response to our natural appetites and inclinations. We grow, mature, mate, work, breed, and get old–and our other self remains hidden, certainly to others, and often even to ourselves. What a blessing it is when we can begin to relax into the person that God has birthed in us! That’s when love begins to flow and we start to see the joy of living in the moment. It’s a moment of discovery worth savoring!

Thought for the Day: When did I discover my self that is born of God?

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