Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” “What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?” John 3:3-4 NLT
The kingdom-related things that take place between people and God are invisible. The new birth is invisible. The washing away of sins is invisible. The cleansing of our conscience is invisible. God is invisible. The Spirit is invisible. And Jesus, once visible, is invisible once again.
The new birth is no small thing. Whomever I am ‘born of’ determines who I am like. Children inherit the attributes of their parents. I was ‘of my father the devil’ until the new birth. I was in his clutches and, like him, my own flesh drove my decision making. Now, I could be on good behavior but it was only because it was self-serving. My heart was alive to sin and dead to God. This captivity was invisible.
But oh, there was a day when God said ‘let there be light’ to my own spiritual eyes. Jesus came into view (though invisible) and nothing has ever been the same. I was born of heaven and my entire nature changed. I was no longer like my father the devil. God touched my spirit and I was born of Him. My likeness was transformed to resemble my new Father. I had new spiritual DNA. (Invisible) Whenever there is birth, the one who gives birth bears pain. My birth into God’s kingdom cost me nothing. The pain was borne by Jesus.
What can be seen by physical eyes todays is least important. Real life happens behind the veil. God’s promises are at work in my life. Invisible. Jesus is praying for me. Invisible. I am being sanctified. Invisible. Jesus is preparing a home for me. Invisible. Every prayer I pray is being answered. Invisible.
My faith is in One unseen and in a kingdom yet unseen. Do kingdom things become visible in this life? Oh yes! We know that. We see people change, provisions appear, diseases healed, seasons perpetuate, and God is everywhere if we look for His fingerprints. In Sunday School a few days ago, our teacher mentioned an Elizabeth Barrett Browning quote.
Earth is crammed with heaven,
And every bush afire with God.
But only he who sees takes off his shoes,
The rest sit around and pluck blackberries.
Give my spirit eyes 20/20 vision. Amen