This week, Ruben Ramirez shares his thoughts and reflections on Sunday's message.
As I listened in on this Sunday's sermon, one statement made by Pastor Rich stood out to me: Rebirth implies death.
I was raised and nurtured in the womb of christian culture. The idea of being "born again" is not one that is new to me. But for some reason, this truth of death being necessary for rebirth, had fallen down the crevices of my mind.
As I thought of this, I began to see the areas in my life that desperately needed renewal, and began to reflect on my refusal to die to certain aspects of who I was, until the Holy Spirit began to break me down. It took the Spirit's hand on my life to change me at my core. God had to transform my heart of stone into a heart of flesh, empowering the dead bones of my sin, baggage, life experiences, and hurt- bringing forth a new life dedicated to Him.
When I speak to others about Christ, I must be aware that the power to compel a person to Jesus, put to death their worldly identity, and have them be reborn in His image, is not in my ability to teach and preach God's word- it's all Him. This takes away any pride that I may have in my own walk towards godliness, knowing that my newfound desires for Christ comes from above and not from how "great" a Christian I am.
It also encourages me to depend on the power of God when speaking to others about Him, instead of depending on how well I articulate the gospel at the moment.