We each have been born of human parents, and we each have been born “to believe in God” We know that people in every tribe, culture and civilization express a belief in God – a belief in something or someone beyond ourselves.
We each are born to believe in God- and we do. However, there is a world of difference between, “I believe in God “and “I believe God”.
“I believe in God “is simply my acknowledgment that God exists- there is no necessity for my response or action or connection.
“I believe God” is strongly my declaration that I personally know God, trust God, am responsible to God and that I actively seek to love and serve God. “I believe in God” can be a benign, neutral, harmless statement. “I believe God” is filled with active trust, change, service and obedience, as well as a dynamic growing relationship with God.
To move from “I believe in God “to “I believe God” requires a new birth, a new beginning, a new relationship.
Jesus says “We are born physically of human parents, we must be born again spiritually of the Spirit of God. “
How does this new birth happen?
- We ask God’s Spirit to enable us “to believe in Jesus Christ” as God’s son and our Saviour.
- We allow God’s Spirit to enable us “to believe Jesus Christ”- that he will lead, guide, change and use us in ways that honour God, bless others and enrich ourselves