Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3: 1-8 (NIV)
I was at a friend’s house a couple of weeks ago; it was a God appointment and I fell pregnant. Don’t panic Captain Mainwairing! But really, as I prayed there, at the place where an amazing Kingdom Ministry was born, I conceived. Not that I realised it before i went, but I was there to be impregnated with the sperma of God. Since then, I’ve been thinking about how much of what I (and plenty of others in leadership I may add) have birthed was, in the end, born of the flesh and not of the Spirit. My experience was real, supernatural and has resulted in an immediate inner-knowledge or faith in what will be birthed. So, what is the spiritual mechanism of birthing in The Kingdom? How do we know that things are birthed from God? It’s all about the seed.
We are made up of body, soul and spirit. Our spirits, before we are born again, are encapsulated by the hard exterior of our body and soul. In 1 John 3: 9, John writes :“No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.” Literally, when we open up our souls to give God access to our Spirits, his seed (sperma in the greek) enters us and we are literally re-conceived as children of God; thus, we are born again of the Spirit. His Spirit to our spirit. Over time, as that seed grows from the inside, it begins to regenerate us from the inside out. We are instantly a completely new creation in Christ, our DNA has changed with this new conception, and as we mature, so that becomes more and more visible.
It’s the same with birthing the things of The Kingdom. We go to the source; Jesus. He impregnated us with the seed, not other people. Each new Kingdom birthing has to begin with a journey to the source; Jesus. That journey is often a courtship, a Song of Solomon romance where we give up our desires for anything or anyone but the sower himself. We cannot get the seed from man’s ambition. Yes, God places midwives around us to help us in the carrying and birthing until it can take on a life of its own; however a life of its own it must have. We have to allow that seed to grow, to develop from within before anything of value is visible. Yes, we may ‘look’ pregnant, however few remark on the beauty of the bump, in comparison with the beauty of the birth.
This experience has led me to ask the question of so much of what I do. Was it born of the Spirit? Have I carried it, nursed it, wrestled with it? Or, did I just decide one day to start it? Was it born of God, or was it born from the flesh? It’s important to know.