I still remember T’s response when I invited her to Bible study. She became quiet, then took a deep breath and said, “I’ll come twice.”
She did come twice. I said nothing, but I prayed. The third week she was there again! She continued for several months. One day I broached the subject, “I’m glad you’ve continued coming to Bible study. What are your thoughts about the Bible now?”
She said, “I believe it’s true, but I don’t think I could ever become a Christian.”
“Why is that?”
“I could never live the life.”
“I understand because I was there once. What I discovered is that when I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ He sent the Holy Spirit to live in me. He gave me His power to live above my circumstances and to obey God. I could never have done it on my own. It wasn’t so much that I had to live a different life. God actually came and changed me—inside and out!”
A few weeks later T called to say she had given her life to Jesus Christ. “I did it two weeks ago, but I didn’t say anything because I wanted to be sure it was real. It IS real! God has changed me. I have joy and a peace like never before.”
A week later: “I feel as if I’ve just been born and I’m seeing life with newborn eyes. I think I’ll send out birth announcements to the gals in our Bible study!”
T painted flowers on the front of each card. Inside it read, “This is to announce the birth of a new child of God, T___ D___, sister to Jesus. Born Again on February 22. Praise God and thank you for your prayers!” She handed out the announcements at Bible study. We were all teary-eyed.
Doesn’t a birth announcement call for a shower? Two weeks later I hosted a New Birth Shower for T. The sign on our front door read, “Come in and celebrate the addition of a new name in the Lamb’s Book of Life!”
We enjoyed a brunch which included a casserole of eggs, sausage and mushrooms. Of course a shower must have gifts! T received a new Bible, some inspirational books and CDs. Then she shared her story of how Christ had changed her life. It was a precious day we will always remember!
- You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ John 3:7
- The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels. Revelation 3:5
- Have you ever considered giving a New Birth Shower for a new believer? What are your thoughts? To leave a comment, click on the title of story and scroll to bottom of page.
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