First things first: the term “Born Again” gets a bad rap. It simply means that you recognize that you’re a sinner, and that Jesus lived a sinless life in our place. Then the Holy Spirit fills your heart with a bountiful love for God forever. That means you are “saved” or “born again.”
My conversion happened quickly. Although I’d been attending a Presbyterian church and learning much, music was the way that the Holy Spirit turned my heart from a nonchalant vision of God to loving the Lord forever. I had attended a Christian camp for teens, where we sang Christian songs about loving God. We were into a third song when I felt an overpowering feeling of love for the Lord. I began to cry tears of great joy as I continued to sing. I still get teary when I think of the moment I was saved.
What does it mean to be saved? As I said before, it’s the same as being born again. More importantly, Jesus Christ has led you away from a sinful life of unforgiveness to a sinful life of forgiveness. God will forgive your sins and fight your enemies. Best of all, once you belong to Jesus, no one can take you from him.
From a children’s hymn: “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so; little ones to him belong, they are weak, but He is strong. Yes Jesus loves me, yes Jesus loves me, yes Jesus loves me; the Bible tells me so.” Like the criminal who was hung on a cross beside Jesus, he asked Jesus if he could be beside Him in Heaven. Jesus said yes. This mere man, this criminal, who had never done a good thing in his life, asked of Jesus to save him from everlasting Hell, and Jesus did.
Luke 23:43 – And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, to day thou shalt be with me in paradise. (KJV)