The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit (John 3:8).
My wife is the daughter of an Episcopal priest and though she went to church all her life, she wasn’t a Christian. Christianity isn’t about going to church or holding a Bible, it’s about a life definitely transformed by Christ Jesus.
As an adult, Kim read Isaiah 53 and a change took place in her thinking. For the first time, she understood she was a sinner and that Jesus died specifically for her sins. She realized that what was happening in her wasn’t because of anything she did or could have done. Suddenly and completely, all things became new. This is what Jesus called the new birth.
Late one evening Jesus was answering questions from a Jewish religious leader. Nicodemus had heard Jesus preach and wondered how he could get to Heaven. Christ’s answer confused the learned Nicodemus: You must be born again (Jn 3:7).
Salvation isn’t the result of saying a prayer, joining a church, or doing a religious thing. It is a work of the Holy Spirit you can’t predict, control, or even assist. The new birth is like a blowing wind.
Jesus didn’t say that the Holy Spirit is like the wind, but those who are born of the Spirit are like the wind. You nor I can predict when or how the wind will blow. We can’t control it or help it blow harder or in a certain direction. God creates and controls the wind (Ps 135:7), the best we can do is observe when it blows.
Human efforts always result in human effects, but when God does the work, the results are always divine. There is no formula I can walk you through to be saved. There are no 3 easy steps to salvation. Like the blowing wind, salvation is beyond the ability of anyone but God; all anyone can do is present the gospel. However, when God works faith in the heart of a sinner, the blowing of the wind is noticed by everyone.
As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name: where were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God (John 1:12-13).