Birthday celebrations are fun! We say “Happy birthday!” to one another, give birthday cards, sing a happy little song, give gifts to people on their special day, have a decorated cake, enjoy a celebratory meal somewhere, and really try to make the day special. I like birthdays!
The question that came to my mind this morning during “coffee with the Lord” was, does anyone remember their “spiritual birthday” and celebrate it? I’m sure you remember that Jesus said, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I say to you, ‘You must be born again!’” (John 3:5-7) Now, I came to Christ at a very early age and consequently I don’t remember the exact date of my “new birth.” But perhaps you do remember the exact time and place when you were “born again” But do you celebrate your “spiritual birthday?”
Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread were like a big “spiritual birthday” celebration for the Children of Israel! They were told, “Remember this day in which you came out from Egypt, out of the house of slavery. For by strong hand the Lord brought you out from this place! … You shall tell your son (or daughter) on that day, ‘it is because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt!’ … For with a strong hand the Lord brought you out of Egypt!” (from Exodus 13:3-10)
So here’s one voice encouraging you to remember and celebrate your “new birth” – your spiritual birthday – the time when you experienced forgiveness for your sin, experienced spiritual freedom, and were given new life in Christ! I don’t know what you’ll decide to do on that day… but do something special! Be creative – make it meaningful! Got any ideas? And if you, like me, can’t remember the exact day it happened, do what I’m going to do… celebrate your “spiritual birthday” the day AFTER your natural birthday… Hey, there’s nothing wrong with a 2-day celebration now, is there?