How Do I Know It Is Working? (John 3:3)

I recently had a bout of the flu. There are several medications that are available that supposedly help to diminish the severity of the symptoms and may shorten the duration of the illness. I decided to try one of these medications but was amused when I read the potential side effects. The drug may cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, dizziness, and cough or other respiratory symptoms.

Basically it was the same symptoms I was experiencing at the moment. would I know it is working? Nonetheless, I took the drug, slept the entire weekend, and fortunately my symptoms did abate within a few days. Whether it was secondary to the action of the drug, increased rest, or both, I will not know.

Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
John 3:3

As Jesus told Nicodemus, one must be reborn again. A birth is a traumatic event.  Nine months spent in a comfortable and insulated environment is suddenly transformed into a  chaotic barrage of the senses. If our memories were perfect, we would vividly recall the event as a very profound change. The Apostle Paul did. The Bible described it as “something like scales fell from his eyes.”

I have met some believers who have told me that they cannot point to the one moment they became a Christian. I have never doubted their sincerity of faith because what matters is not whether they state they are a Christian, but whether their heart was truly changed. Only God knows the true state of their heart. But if one is truly saved, a change should occur in their life. It may be gradual or dramatic but a rebirth must occur.

Unlike the medication that I took for my flu, the moment I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I knew that my life was different. I knew Jesus was working in my life.

Jesus Christ extends His salvation to all who call upon His name. If you confess your sins to Him, repent, and ask Him to come into your life, He will answer you to become your Lord and Savior. And if you do, you will know that He is working in your life.

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.