I went to church every Sunday for most of my young childhood. From middle school through high school, my family no longer attended any local church on a regular basis. In college, I joined an on-campus Bible study group that would meet in one of the leaders' rooms. I never became a group leader for these meetings, but I was usually in attendance. I always found a bible study to go to during college, even as I moved into different buildings on campus.
I continued going to the studies because I thought that I was supposed to learn more about God. As a kid, I loved going to church. I liked singing songs about Jesus, and learning how to get to Heaven. I decided to become a follower of Jesus when I was about 9 years old. I confessed that I was a sinner in need of a savior and that Jesus is the Christ. I was baptized into the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in a pool in one of the church member's backyards, along with my oldest sister. We were surrounded by people who wanted to witness this huge decision and support our walks in faith. We were being obedient when we learned that we had to be born again. We had decided to follow Jesus that day. We gave our lives willingly to Him, trusting that He was the Way.
Although I have not always been faithful in going to church or reading my Bible or meeting with other followers, I know that He is faithful. The Holy Spirit has steered me in the right direction more than one time. I have not always chosen the right and good things, but I know that Jesus is always right and good and is love. Thank you, Jesus!
Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.2 This man came to Jesus[a] 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.”3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again[b] he cannot see the kingdom of God.”4 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?”5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.[c]7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You[d] must be born again.’8 The wind[e] 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.”