There’s One Born Every Minute!
“Jesus replied, ‘Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.’”
John 3:3 (NIV)
My husband and I were having coffee with a man that the world would describe as being a self-made, highly successful businessman. He believed in the gullibility and naivety of the consumer. “Tell them anything and they will believe it – tell them what they want to hear,” he said. He went on to describe a number of incidents proving his point. For me, the veracity of what he was saying was superseded by an overwhelming sense of sympathy for Joe Public. “Ah yes,” he declared smugly, “there’s one born every minute.”
Suddenly the phrase hit a nerve in me – he was absolutely right, but not in any way he intended it to mean. In 2012 according to the United States Census Bureau the world population was 7.147 billion. The global population has grown from 1 billion in 1925 to 7 billion in 2012. It is expected to keep growing to reach 11 billion by the end of the century. So, in fact, there are many more than one born every minute.
These statistics are actual people – living human beings with their own story. They were not born or created for others to exploit. The Bible is full of genealogy – God takes note of every living soul – we are His creation. It is true that humanity creates his or her own problems, as Job says in Job 14:1, “Mortals, born of woman, are of few days and full of trouble.” However, God, our eternal loving Father, loved us from before we were conceived (Romans.8:29). This is a difficult concept for us, but the words are there, sanctified by God – something for serious contemplation.
Jesus and Nicodemus had a profound conversation about being born. Jesus blew Nicodemus’ mind by telling him he needed to be born again. This time to born of the Holy Spirit: “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8) This is not a birth of someone born subject to exploitation, quite the contrary; this is the birth of a child of God. “He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.” (Ephesians.1:5) The phrase, ‘adoption to sonship,’ meant a full legal standing of an adopted male heir in Roman culture. God means business – He loves us so much. He has amazing plans for us – a future with Him.
There is probably more than one born every minute, but no matter how many, their Creator knows about them and loves them. Woe betides the one who exploits them – they will answer for their deeds to Almighty God; our Father in heaven.
Loving God, thank you for rescuing us from ourselves and the evil deeds of others. We thank you that you care for us to the point of numbering the hairs on our heads. You have given us hope and joy for the future – we praise you with heartfelt gratitude.
Study by Irene Wilson
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
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