John 3:1-21 (Sermon is from the NRSV)
Third Conclusion - a New Birth is an activity only of God!
What do we mean by that?
Did Junior choose to be born? There is an obvious answer to that. No, he didn't! Of course not.
Have you thought about this? The most basic reality in our life - the breath in our lungs, and the life we have - this is not something we chose. Laurel did all the work with Junior. We talk regularly about controlling our lives, but at its foundation, life is a the choice of another.
Not one person alive in this room chose to be alive.
And so it is with being born a second time: God reaches lives and HE rescues US. We do not rescue ourselves. Indeed we cannot rescue ourselves.
What does Psalm 40 say?
He drew me up from the pit of destruction,Only God can save a person.
out of the miry bog,
and he set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure.
It is all of grace.
And yes, that is a self take from Wife just before she gave birth. She calls it: "The Belly and The Boy".