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  • Shawn Thornton

Two Birthdays Are Better Than One

Updated: Apr 25, 2020

Friday - April 24th

Today's Scripture to Read: John 3:3-18


Today my only sibling turns 50! Yep, Troy hit the big 5-0 today! Happy 50th birthday to my little brother! His friendship throughout the years has meant more to me than anyone knows - even Troy. We are very different people in terms of personality, but we share a challenging, yet Christ-based upbringing that has given us some core character traits that we share. Troy has stood out to me as an example of godliness, wisdom, and compassion. His dedication to serving and walking with Christ has often urged me on in my own service and walk with Christ. Hard to imagine a better brother or friend. Join me in wishing my little brother, Troy, a happy 50th birthday!

When we were kids, Troy and I were very active in the children's ministry of our home church, Twin Branch Bible Church, in Mishawaka, Indiana. Each Sunday during Children's Church, we celebrated the birthdays of kids the week before. They would come up front, be given a pencil with "Happy Birthday" printed on it, and then we would sing the Sunday School version of Happy Birthday. Like every other version, the song celebrated your birth into your earthly family. But, the Sunday School version included the lyrics: "Happy Birthday to you, only one will not do! Born again means salvation; how many have you?"  

The teacher would then talk about how we all have one day of birth, but those who have accepted Jesus as Savior have a second birthday - the day we were born into God's family. It was a way to share the Good News of Jesus with us as kids. I remember singing that in Sunday School hundreds of times - several of them for Troy's birthdays. I might even sing it to him today for his 50th - maybe not.

The highlighting of two births comes directly from what Jesus said in John chapter three to Nicodemus (the religious leader who visited Him by night). He told Nicodemus that every one of us must be born again - born into God's family by faith in Jesus. In the middle of their discussion, Jesus shares words that have become the most famous verse in the Bible. "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."

So, on this day, our family celebrates Troy's 50th; look at your own life and examine whether you have one or two birthdays. If you haven't trusted in the person and work of Jesus Christ, you are not a part of God's family, but you can be. Acknowledge your sin and ask God to forgive you through Jesus's death, burial, and resurrection for you. In that moment, you will be born into God's family by faith. Welcome to the family!

If you are already a child of God, take a moment to thank Him for the new birth you have experienced. Thank Him for the new life you experience each day. That life comes only because of the Risen Savior. It may not be your 50th Birthday today, but if you know Jesus, every day is a day to celebrate your second birthday - the day you were born into God's family forever!

Having one birthday is good; having two birthdays is better - when the second one birthed you into God's family!


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