Reading in John 3 this I was reminded of an encounter Jesus had with a religious leader named Nicodemus.
Despite being a religious professional, Nicodemus recognized a spiritual void in his life. He didn't know what was missing but he knew Who to ask. He went to Jesus under the cover of darkness.
I doubt if he was prepared for what Jesus told him. "Nicodemus, you are alive but you're dead."
Confusing? It was for Nicodemus. He didn't get it.
Jesus clarified, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again."
Nicodemus still didn't comprehend, "How can I be born when I am old? There is no way I can climb back into my mother's womb!"
Now he was fully engaged! Jesus explained that just like we are born physically, we must have a spiritual birth as well! We are born into this life spiritually dead because of the sin nature we inherit from Adam. Spiritually dead means that we cannot connect with God because He is holy and He is a spirit while we are sinful and of the flesh.
As a religious leader, Nicodemus should have known that. But give him credit, he was teachable. When Jesus explained how he could become fully alive, Nicodemus discovered the great joy of being "born again"! He entered the Kingdom of God!
How about you? Are you fully alive - physically alive but spiritually dead?
It is time for a birthday, or a "rebirth day". Learn from Nicodemus. It is not about being religious it about being reborn. Stop trusting your goodness and your works and receive the "gift" of salvation - Jesus, the Christ!