Where Were You Born?

One of the ways we identify each other is by where we were born. In America it is directional. People will be identified as being born in the North, the South, the East or the West based on accent, attitude or even slang. In other countries people are identified by region, for example in my husband’s country they are identified as being Euroba, Ibu or River/Delta. In Malaysia people were identified by country of origin, Malay, Chinese, Indian, Phillipino, Bangladeshi or Westerner. We all carry identifying markers and distinctions.

We as believers are supposed to be identifiable to the world as not born of this world, but born of God. Psalm 87 says, “I shall mention Rahab and Babylon among those who know Me; Behold, Philistia and Tyre with Ethiopia: This one was born there. But of Zion it shall be said, This one and that one were born in her; And the Most High Himself will establish her. The LORD will count when He registers the peoples, This one was born there.” If you have been born again, it is supposed to be said of you, this one was born there, born from above. John 3 says it this way, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.”

The question is do people recognize you as being born again? Can they tell by what you say, how you act, the attitude you have that you are born again? We as believers are to be of a different spirit just like Joshua and Caleb were. We are to see world events differently than unbelievers do; we are to do life differently; raise our children differently; treat our spouse, boss, co-workers and all authority differently. People should be able to see us and say, this one is born from there, not here!

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