God is doing things in us and through us each and every day, whether we know it or not.

Listen: God’s voice offers a new perspective!

How will you listen and be changed?

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There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a Jewish leader. He came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one could do these miraculous signs that you do unless God is with him.”

Jesus answered, “I assure you, unless someone is born anew, it’s not possible to see God’s kingdom.”

John 3:1-3

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It is easy to be discouraged by how difficult it can seem to be a part of God’s kingdom. Jesus does such miraculous things, and although we know he was fully human as well as fully divine, how can we possibly measure up?

Jesus says it's about being born anew. Jesus is asking us to be willing to see things in a whole new way, and it’s okay to be anxious about that. It requires of us that we fully place our trust in God, perhaps giving up much of what the world has taught us about what is important.

Remembering that God is with us as we seek to be born anew is reassuring. God wants us to be a part of God’s kingdom and is there for us as we figure out what that means and what it requires of us.

Kristen Pope

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God who walks with us, help me to feel your presence when seeking the kingdom becomes tough. Remind me that I am never alone in this. Show me how being born anew is going to further my understanding of you and the world you want me to help build. Let me be not afraid but excited as I face the task of becoming more like you each day. Amen.

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Allow yourself to be open to the Spirit’s work in your heart.

Get comfortable with not knowing all the answers, placing your trust in God.

Go forth, born anew in the promise of God’s unconditional love.

Kristen Pope

Kristen Pope is a student at McAfee School of Theology working towards her Master of Divinity. She works at Smoke Rise Baptist Church as a Ministry Associate. Kristen is looking forward to spending two months in Uganda this summer working with CBF field personnel at Refuge and Hope, a nonprofit for refugees.

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