March 4

John 3:5-9

“The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” vs. 8

The conversation with Jesus wasn’t going well. Nicodemus had been nurtured by a tradition that left nothing for granted. There was an ordinance or commandment for every situation–everything was black and white. So when Jesus said that it was necessary to be born from above to see the kingdom of heaven, Nicodemus didn’t know what he was talking about. And it didn’t help when Jesus then compares the Spirit to the wind. For believers though, these words are some of the most precious in all of scripture. The wind is unpredictable, an invisible force that moves all that it touches. And that’s exactly how it is with the Spirit. Untamed and wild the Spirit blows through our lives, calling us to serve and love in a myriad of settings, and we haven’t a clue about where it came from or where it is going. We discard old traditions and embrace new ones, associate with the most unlikely people, and bring love to those people and places that need it the most. Life in the Spirit is a mysterious adventure, kingdom living at its best for those who live in grace, and a way that brings daily delight and joy to people of faith.

Thought for the Day: What’s the appeal of just “blowin’ in the wind”?

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