For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Ephesians 2:8-9

Several years ago when I was pastoring in Oklahoma, there was a doctor in our church who had delivered many babies over the years. One day, he was telling me about a very tough delivery where the mother and the baby almost died. But gratefully, both of them came through happy and healthy.

When he finished, I told him, “You know, Doc, that sounds like a miracle.”

He looked at me and said, “Preacher, every birth is a miracle. I’ve studied how it happens and I know how a baby develops in the womb. But the reality is that I just don’t understand how any of them get here.”

When a baby is born, it’s the work of God. And when someone is reborn into the Kingdom, it’s also the work of God. Just as the baby can’t take credit for being born, neither can the believer take credit for being born again. New life is a gift from God alone.

Whether your salvation came when you quietly decided to follow Christ as a child, or it was a dramatic knock-down like the apostle Paul’s, it is a miracle of God. Thank Him for the incredible gift of eternal life He’s given in Christ!

THANK GOD TODAY FOR THE INCREDIBLE GIFT OF NEW LIFE HE’S GIVEN YOU.