Moravian Church in North America

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South: Winston-Salem, N.C.

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Weekly Moravian Message: May 27, 2018

Trinity Sunday

Born of Water and Spirit

It is convenient to buy an item in a grocery store in which the directions are “mix with water.” Everything that is needed is in the box—except for the water. Eating or drinking the product without water is not recommended and is not appetizing. But when mixed with water, what is intended is realized. With water, the food or beverage is pleasing. In a similar way, this could describe the opportunity of our existence. Our life is what’s in the box. We’re packaged; we’re ready to go. We need water to be complete.

Jesus tells Nicodemus, “No one can see the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.” Nicodemus doesn’t understand. Isn’t our birth a one-time occurrence? Can our lives change again in the magnitude of a birth?

Jesus says in the text that entrance to the kingdom of God requires a birth via water and Spirit. Is Jesus also saying we can see the kingdom of God now? I think so. When someone offers music in worship that becomes more than the performance of notes and con-nects a person with the glory of God—isn’t that a kingdom sighting? When a Sunday school teacher engages a student with the planned lesson and the student grasps a clearer understanding of God—isn’t that a kingdom sighting? When someone is suffering and another comes to sit alongside and in that visit there is an uplifting assurance of hope and forgiveness is received—isn’t that a kingdom sighting?

Being born of the water and Spirit enhances living today beyond what may be attained in this world, and gives vision into God’s kingdom. It takes our life and living out of the box and makes us heavenly.

Kurt Liebenow, pastor

Watertown Moravian Church, Watertown, Wisconsin  

Moravian Daily Texts


Tuesday, June 19 — Psalm 78:1–8
Numbers 34; Luke 3:1–20

Who observes my ordinances, and follows my statutes; he shall not die for his father’s iniquity. Ezekiel 18:17

You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ. 1 Peter 1:18–19

God of action—we think we know it all. Forgive us such foolishness. Let us ponder your blood, for it is more precious than silver or gold; our children are listening to our words and watching what we do. Amen.

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