Nicodemus or Not

Do you have a little bit of Nicodemus in you? Do you meet with God at night but have no association with Him by day?  Who is Nicodemus? Nicodemus was a very important man. He was a ruler of the Jews. Nicodemus was also a Pharisee. He came to Jesus during the night when it was dark to talk to Him. He probably wanted to avoid others seeing him speaking to our Lord.

We all have moments like that but reading my Bible this morning stirred me to do a little soul-searching. The story of Nicodemus denying his association with Jesus in the light of day shows me the quiet pain from not honoring the truth; Jesus. Our Lord Jesus talked to Nicodemus in a very kind encouraging way which made Nicodemus talk to God. “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” (John 3:2) Jesus answered and said to him. ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God’ (John 3:3).

We each have a divine inner voice that opens us up to truth, but do we show that truth to others? When we are enlightened by God’s endless truth; we must choose whether to declare or hide it. What does all of this mean? It means we need to continue to kick out the old ways of hiding the truth which is the Nicodemus spirit in you that wants to hide your relationship with God.

The great news though is that Nicodemus asked the most important question of all. “How can a man be born when he is old?” (John 3:4). “Jesus answered, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God (John 3:5). This meant that God is above and therefore to enter His Kingdom we must all be born from above. Nicodemus desired to become a child of God.  He loved God and wanted more of Him.

It’s when we can catch ourselves allowing the Spirit of God within us to proclaim truth in the small fleeting moments of our day.

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