February 18, 2011

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter X




Monte Holland

Several persons have expressed an interest in having my husband, the Rev. Monte W. Holland, post an online series of devotions. Through their encouragement, Monte will post a weekly devotion on CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS. To read the introduction click on 26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: Introduction. Click on  26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter W  to read the previous post on the letter W.

Return to this site each Saturday to read his devotions.  Carolyn C. Holland


     Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (John 3:3)

      Christianity is about new life. In some sense there is an old life left behind when we become a believer and a follower of Jesus. This transition is unique to every new believer. There is no formula or procedure to follow to assure the transition to the new life in Christ.

     The Bible offers two classic descriptions of the new birth. Paul, struck blind on the Damascus Road and led to belief by Ananias, was transformed from being a persecutor of Christ to being an ardent follower of Christ. A second example is the two disciples who, while walking on the Emmaus Road on that first Easter, came to know Jesus as they walked with him (not recognizing who he was.)

     Thus, we have two distinctly different views of conversion—a sudden dramatic transformation from adamant unbelief to devoted disciple and a gradual coming to know Jesus that changes a person from unbelief to belief.

     I suspect that many new birth experiences lie somewhere in between. I knew a lot about Jesus for many years. After all, as a child, I had a grandmother who constantly sang the old hymns in our home. I had Sunday school teachers, release time teachers, and vacation Bible school leaders. I had many friends who knew and loved Jesus.

     On the other hand, I had one experience that really opened me to more fully experience Jesus Christ in my life. My wife Carolyn was away the weekend that our little country church was inviting married couples to renew their vows in worship. When the couples went forward, the pastor announced that Carolyn had told him that she was ready to renew if she had been able to be there. That was a moving moment in my life. I felt strangely touched by the Holy Spirit. I didn’t become a saint, nor have I since, but I was headed in a new direction. My relationship with Jesus was changing for the better.

     Whatever our experience of the new birth, our verse reminds us of the real benefit of coming to know and trust Jesus. The door to an eternity with God is opened. We receive two great benefits—new, challenging, and most fulfilling life now and the promise of unimaginable riches in the eternal future in the kingdom of God.

To read 26 DEVOTIONS BASED ON THE ALPHABET: THE LETTER Y, click on:  26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter Y.


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  1. Letter X Alphabet Cufflinks…

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