Read: John 3
Our old self is filled with selfish motives, envy, pride, arrogance, etc. These qualities cannot make us be partakers of Christ. As God is holy, we also ought to be holy, holding His traits, that is the “fruit of the Spirit which is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another” (Gal. 5:22-26). “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Cor. 5:17). If we want to be partakers of Christ, we have to get rid of our old baggage and become new in Christ. This means to be born again.
Nicodemus, the Pharisee came to visit Jesus at night. He zealously followed the laws given by God through Moses. He thought that he was perfect in God’s sight, till Jesus addressed the issue that Nicodemus had to be born again. He had to believe in Jesus as His Lord and be baptised in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit to be a born again person (John 3).
A person needs to be born again, because once we were dead in trespasses and sins. It was Jesus who redeemed us from our sins (Eph. 2:1). Eph. 2:8-9 states, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” When one is saved, he/she has been born again, spiritually renewed, and is now a child of God by right of new birth.
If you have never trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, will you consider the prompting of the Holy Spirit as He speaks to your heart? You need to be born again. Pray, repent of your sins and ask Jesus to be the Lord of all your decisions in life. It is the Will of God that you become a born again person by discarding your old self. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13).