Read: John 3:1-21    

    Most of us have heard of Mark Twain’s quote  “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”  This past week I heard it quoted a bit differently.  Cynthia Swindoll said that she likes to tweak that quote a bit to say, The two most important days in your life are the day you are born again and the day you find out why.”  This is what Nicodemus and the rest of us find out in the 3rd chapter of John.  I would encourage you to read it again this week.

My wife Rhonda and I are celebrating 25 years of marriage today.  I have been so very blessed to live life with this wonderful woman for the past 25 years.  That day on June 8, 1991 was definitely one of the most important days of my life.  As I recall and celebrate all of the memories and things of the past 25 years I have to pause and think about the “most important” days of our lives.

Yes, my wedding day was very important.  Yes, the day our daughter was born and the day we adopted our son from Romania were very important.  Yes, the day I was ordained as a pastor was very important.  Yes, celebrating 25 years of marriage is very important.  But the day I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior and decided to live my life for him is the day that my eternal life in heaven was confirmed.

It’s often difficult to rank those important times of our life, but as we hold the Community Vacation Bible School at our church this week I realize what Cynthia Swindoll is saying.  These children are being taught the Good News of Jesus and hopefully taking it home to their parents and families.  The Good News is that God loved this world, and each of us, so much that he gave his Son Jesus, so that whoever believes in him and is born again will not perish but have eternal life in heaven.  That is Great News for this life on earth and the eternal life ahead.

I am so thankful for my wife, my children, and the rest of my extended family.  We have many great memories to share in this life together.  I am so very thankful they are followers of Jesus and they know the importance of being born again in Jesus Christ and knowing why.  I pray that this may be the goal of all our efforts in the ministry of Christ.  To share the light of Jesus, spread the good news, and help people realize the importance of being born again.

Make it personal:  Think about this quote and then think about your life.  The two most important days in your life are the day you are born again and the day you find out why.”  God has a plan for each and every one us.  His blessings in this life come in many different ways, but no blessing can be greater than being saved from this world and finding salvation in God’s son Jesus Christ.  Don’t let another day go by without celebrating this important day in your life!

Have a great week,  Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church