Rebirth Certificate

 


Here’s a little devotional I wrote.
I hope it blesses you. It came to me because God needed to chastise me. I was doing something that I don’t normally do. I was grumbling and complaining
and God softly but very directly showed me that I didn’t have a thing to complain about.
I offer this to you for a different reason. I offer this devotional to show you just how much God loves you and desires to build your house of treasure
and prepare for you that promised crown of glory.
John 3:5-6 (KJV) Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of
God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Don’t you just love those days when God speaks softly to you and puts things in perspective?
Isn’t it awesome that He loves us so much that he will softly but firmly nudge us to a truth that let’s us know that we really don’t have much to complain
about?
That happened to me on Friday.
I have needed to order a copy of my birth certificate for some time now but I just kept putting it off. I just couldn’t bring myself to pay $22.00 for
a piece of paper that would tell me what I already know. I was born on June 13, 1966 in Tarrant County, TX to Rex Leslie and Darrell Wayne Howard. I don’t
need a piece of paper to tell me that. But, the state does. The state needs to verify that
I’m a citizen of this nation. Or at least I think I am. I guess it’s possible that I could have been a rogue agent when I got my social security card at
four years old. As I began the process of ordering this proof of citizenship I was muttering under my breath. I told my computer how stupid this was and
what a waste of time and money it was to have to jump through yet another unnecessary hoop devised by a government that has misplaced its common sense
approach with the ignorance of the famous paper chase. I mean I was thinking “if you can’t listen to me talk or review my life story without wondering
if I am really a citizen of our nation, then I’m in big trouble. I thought I could speak that there English stuff pretty darned good.
So, I argued with myself until I finally realized it would be foolish for me to refuse to spend money to buy something that will be of value to me many
more times over the remainder of my life.
I settled the argument by realizing that I could be stubborn and miss out on an employment opportunity or I could just comply and let Uncle Sam have his
day.
My decision to comply came down to the fact that I had no choice. If I want to work for the state, I have to produce a copy of my birth certificate.
I purchased a copy online and it cost $22.00 exactly. A little piece of paper that doesn’t show my picture, doesn’t provide any information about me that
would be at all helpful in truly identifying me.
I griped about that most of the day Friday until God whispered something in my ear.
It was profound and it shut me up and made me glad that I only had to pay $22.
I had just typed up a rant about all of this and, just as I was about to hit “send” on my facebook page, God said “hey there friend, is this really something
to get all bent out of shape over? Really, you’re worried about $22? Did you hear me complain when I paid the price for your rebirth certificate?”
Woops.
Uh, oh.
How should I respond to that?
The answer is easy. I responded in the only way I could. I said “I’m sorry God, thank You for putting things in perspective.”
You see, Jesus didn’t just throw out a couple of dollars to save me from sin and death. He pulled out every thing He owned to pay for my rebirth certificate.
And, He didn’t get a return on that payment until I was 37 years old. So, he paid for something that didn’t get delivered for 2000 plus years. And I was
complaining about paying $22 for something that will be here next week?
My goodness we are some kind of mess at times aren’t we?
Jesus paid everything for me. He paid the same thing for you. He bankrupted Heaven and He died on the cross, a sinless man who should have never tasted
death. He laid down His life for not only his friends but also for those enemies of God who might come to repentance. Even those who crucified Jesus were
forgiven. The last lamb who would be called to sacrifice for our sins endured every kind of humiliation possible. Jesus offered up His life in the greatest
act of love ever demonstrated when he drank that cup of suffering. He did that for me.
For me.
For you.
For us.
I got my rebirth certificate on July 5, 2004 and it didn’t cost me a dime. In fact, it brought with it treasures that are still coming in to this very
day.
And I was complaining about having to prove my existence by paying for a piece of paper?
Well, thank you Jesus for always being bold enough to tell me what an idiot I’ve been.
I think Eddie James sums things up pretty good with these words:
Jesus paid it all
All to him I owe
Sin has left a crimson stain
He washed it white as snow
I hear the savior say
Thy strength indeed is small
Child of weakness, watch and pray
Find in me thine all in all
And when before the throne
I stand in him complete
“Jesus died my sould to save”, my lips shall still repeat
Matthew 13:44-46 (HCSB) “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure, buried in a field, that a man found and reburied. Then in his joy he goes and sells everything
he has and buys that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls. When he found one priceless pearl, he went and sold
everything he had, and bought it.
1 Corinthians 7:23 (KJV) Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.
1 Peter 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the
sight of God of great price.
1 Peter 1:23 for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.

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