READ : John 3:1-9
Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” (v. 9)
Nicodemus asks a lot of “how” questions: “How can anyone be born after having grown old?” “How can these things be?” He wants to know how: “What do I have to do? What steps do I have to take?”
People are always trying to control the religious process by reducing it to some technique or method. But Jesus’ response to Nicodemus has to do with birth and wind, two uncontrollable things. What do you have to do to enter God’s kingdom? Well, what did you have to do to be born? What do you have to do to make the wind blow?
I preached one Sunday at a small Presbyterian church in Virginia. It was insufferably hot. The sanctuary was a furnace. There was not a breath of wind. Suddenly, the white curtains at the windows began to flap and billow, and a cool breeze flowed through the sanctuary. It was a gift from God.
The Spirit is like that. “The wind blows where it chooses,” said Jesus. “So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit” (v. 8).
You can’t control the moving of God’s Spirit. You can’t program it, or force it into a Five Point Plan. But you can pray for it, and receive it when it comes.
Spirit of God, descend upon my heart.