Nicodemus sought the priceless treasure under the cover of darkness. Ahead, in the shadows of a sycamore tree, the moonlight revealed the figure of a man bowed in prayer. Nicodemus thought surely this must be the man of whom the people spoke with such enthusiasm. He determined he would find out for himself.

When Nicodemus drew closer, the man looked him in the eyes and greeted him warmly. Instantly, the Jewish leader felt a sense of camaraderie with the stranger. It was as if He knew everything about him. Nicodemus was convinced this man was a prophet from God. But as He spoke on that cool night, Nicodemus learned He was far greater than anyone he had ever met.

The man’s words were filled with life and truth. “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” These words opposed every doctrine Nicodemus had encountered in the schools of Judaism. He thought he had salvation because of his religious zeal and Jewish heritage. He discovered salvation was only by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Instead of arguing or dismissing Jesus’ polarizing words, Nicodemus kept listening. And he became a believer.

The Word of God is a two-edged sword. You may be exposed to it in Sunday school, personal devotions, or Bible study. Sooner or later, you’ll encounter a truth fundamentally opposed to your worldview. Keep listening, and the Word will accomplish its purpose in your life.

You cannot propel yourself forward by patting yourself on the back. — Unknown Author

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.