Parallels on being born, seeing, crying, eating and growing
Robin Aylor April 17, 2018
Today I want to look at a parallel between physically being born as a baby and growing as a healthy person with being born spiritually and growing strong and thriving in Christ.
Three particulars I want to equate:
1 - When a baby first opens their eyes for the first time… they begin to see a new world that they never would have seen if they had not been born physically with eyes. They will use these new eyes the rest of their life.
2 - Something else happens… the babe usually opens its mouth and starts crying doesn’t it? I have never had a baby so maybe some of you can testify… Is that right? I wonder why it doesn’t begin life with smiles and laughter… After all, they say it takes less muscles to smile than to frown. Anyway, thats how we start off and before long we learn we can use this thing called crying to get our way and so we use facets of this new found talent in opening our mouth the rest of our life…
3 - It doesn’t take long before we begin another cycle called eating. We like eating and so we continue this practice our whole life long as well…
Here’s the comparison:
There is also a way to be born that is spiritual in nature. Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3: "…unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
1 - So first of all we “see the kingdom of God” with new eyes… - When we are born spiritually in Christ he gives us spiritual eyes to see the things of God and we are able to do so from now on.
Without spiritual quickened eyes, the Gospel of how Jesus took our punishment of death on the Cross… paid for our sins… and then defeated death is not beautiful to us. To worldly self centered eyes Jesus is boring.
Two twins with everything alike physically visit a museum in France and walk up to a rope cording off the Mona Lisa. To one it is beautiful. He stares and ponders for an hour thinking about each brush stroke. Later he comes back regularly to study and delight in the painting and its artist. The other person walks up to the rope and glances at the same painting only to look back down at their smart phone and walk away. They don’t have eyes to see its beauty. I hope the good news of Jesus is beautiful to you and Gods word is not boring.
2 - Luke 6:45 Jesus said …out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. - At new birth our heart is changed. It’s quite different than when we were born physically… We do not open our mouth and cry to get our way but we begin life in joy! We delight in Jesus more and more throughout our life and we worship him with greater and greater insight because we see more and more of his glory.
3 - What food goes into our mouth -
Remember how the new born babe tries eating and they like it so they begin a cycle of eating that continues the rest of their life? that is where we start in the Lord. It begins when we first wake up as a new born in Christ and eat food grown in his kingdom.
Psalm 34:8 Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! …
God gives us new spiritual taste buds to realize his goodness of the food he serves in his kingdom. We like this new food and set out on a path of savoring him. Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
We now follow after Jesus who said in John 4:34 …My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.
I want to finish with a good diet plan for our new life in Christ:
What’s for breakfast in the mornings?
Psalm 143:8 Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust…
What refreshes you through the day?
John 7:37 …“If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.
What about lunch? In John 6:35 the day after Jesus had fed the 5000 he said: …“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger,…
Afternoons snacks sometimes give us a boost just when we need them but they are not for breaking from godly spiritual food… It was late afternoon that David tasted the worlds temptations as he lusted after Bathsheba and fell into sin. David would have did better to refresh himself with Gods word. Psalm 119:103 How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Supper can be a wonderful meal! Sometimes I go with my family to Big Dans. They’re not too expensive and they’re buffet is awesome. Some might say… “well I cant afford to go out on the town and have a big full course meal!”. There is a better buffet available for you every day!!!
Isaiah 55:1 “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.
An Evening Delight!
How many of you like to drink a cup of warm herbal tea in the evenings? I like chamomile or ginger… Chocolate Hazelnut… But the Bible says a full course spiritual meal at night can satisfy.
Psalm 63:5 My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, 6 when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
A Midnight Snack: Psalm 119:62 At midnight I rise to praise you, because of your righteous rules.
It's an all day meal!!! Again in Psalm 119:164 Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous rules.
And we awaken once again… but notice here in Isaiah 50 that we have a dual purpose in eating good food… It is not only that we might grow healthy in the Lord but that we might share him with others.
Isaiah 50:4 The Lord GOD has given Me the tongue of disciples, That I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple.
Lord may we delight in you and grow healthy continually eating at your table. Keep us from testing what the world is serving. Lord I do not want to once again acquire a taste for spiritually dark tempting foods of the world full of sugar and toxins. One gives us strength and health and life and the other brings weakness, sickness and death. Thank You for our righteousness positionally through Jesus and grow us healthy and practically in you.
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