Jesus said: “Very truly I tell you: No one can enter the kingdom of God unless they have been born of water and the spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.” John 3:5-6
The kingdom of God is open to everyone, but there is only one opening: being born of the Spirit.
What is true about the beginning of life in the kingdom is also true as we continue in life
What is true about ENTERING life in the Kingdom is also true about ON-GOING life in the Kingdom. We BEGIN through the Spirit, let us also CONTINUE in the Spirit.
The flesh does some things, and they are important. But the Spirit does things the flesh can not, and these are the most important things.
When we are faced with repeated frustration and failure, this can be an indicator from God that we are working too much on our own power. We need to work differently, through the power of the Spirit. This begins with confession and a renewed commitment to trust God. In this humility, we wait for God to make our convictions clear. Once these have happened, we can lead others as we follow God’s leading.
God has given us great gifts–the flesh can accomplish much, as long as it’s submitted to the power of the Spirit.