The Heart of the Matter

John 3:1-3
“There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Have you ever considered how some people come to you to share something that’s on their heart, but they approach the matter indirectly? That’s what Nicodemus did with Jesus. He came at night because he was either afraid or ashamed to be seen with this miracle worker and began to pay Him compliments. Even though Jesus knew that Nicodemus was obviously exalting himself above Jesus, He welcomed him openly. However, He saw past the rhetoric and went straight to the heart of the matter. Jesus said, “You need to be born again.”

Have you ever had a child crawl up into your lap, put their arms around you and tell you how much they love you? All the while, you’re sitting there thinking, what do they really want or what have they done wrong. It usually takes only a minute for the child to get to what he or she really wanted.

Have you ever talked to God and started out the conversation by telling Him something that wasn’t relevant to what you really needed of Him?

Jesus saw through what Nicodemus was doing and went straight to Nicodemus’ true need. The Father sees through our idle words and actions and then pushes us out of our realm of reasoning so He can draw us into His arena of faith.

Why do we sometimes waste precious moments in the presence of the Lord by trying to approach Him in the flesh instead of the spirit? Jesus told Nicodemus, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”

This Scripture says that flesh will never be spirit, and spirit will never be flesh. Therefore, it’s very important that we never try to enter the spirit realm of God with a fleshly approach. We must learn to approach Him in spirit and in truth realizing that He already knows what we need before we even ask.

Why don’t we just crawl up into the Father’s lap, wrap our spiritual arms around Him and tell Him about our needs or our failures? I believe that He’ll pull us into His love and say, “It’s going to be alright; I already knew all about your need before you got here.”

Pastor Hal Steenson