May 29

John 3:1-8

“Jesus answered him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.’” vs. 3

It’s pretty obvious from watching the way people behave in our world that not everyone is tuned into the kingdom of God. In fact, some days it appears that the vast majority of people are operating on cruise control and don’t have a clue about how to live at peace with self and neighbor. A long time ago a fellow named Nicodemus figured out that maybe Jesus could give a word from God about what had gone wrong. Jesus tells him that his vision is bad. The peaceable kingdom is at hand, in fact it’s all around, but it’s invisible to those who have not been born from above. Nicodemus doesn’t understand–he’s a literalist, and doesn’t have a clue about how the Spirit of God works. Jesus tells him that the Spirit is already in the world and is working to change things from the inside out. In the most surprising ways, all over the world, the Breath of God is touching hearts, bringing new life, and establishing the rule of love. Most of us are blind to that work. All we see is the dark side, the killing and the hating, people acting totally out of self-interest, and we conclude God is absent. But that’s not true! And when we take time for a second look we will see it–we’ll see the fruits of the Spirit in the most unlikely places, and sometimes even in ourselves!

Thought for the Day: Why are we blind to what the Spirit is doing?

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