(I wrote this last Sunday, March 4, 2012 during worship service)
I sat here during church service and watched a man become baptized. This is such a special time. The commitment is huge and precious for any person who does it. He walked down into the water. Our pastor briefly told us how that our church had sent over Bibles while the soldiers were deployed to Afghanistan. This man had received one of those very precious Bibles. He started to read it. As a result he decided to give his life to Jesus. I mean WOW. You just never know how something like giving a little Bible in a care package could literally change this man’s life for eternity.
So when he came back he made a decision to be baptized just like Jesus was and in the same way he did: that would be baptism by being immersed in water.
When I was fourteen I made this same decision. It is such an important one to make. I didn’t become saved by being baptized. That is done when you pray for forgiveness and ask Jesus into our hearts. However, the act of baptism is the symbolism of before you get dunking in the water you have your old human self-centered self, whereas once you go in the water and come back out it symbolizes the new birth you have in Jesus. You put Jesus, God, first before yourself.
Baptism is such a personal decision and something you shouldn’t take lightly. I am ever so glad I had this done. Thank you Lord for allowing me to be one of your many children. Say hi to Mari for me. Tell her Mommy misses her and will see her someday in heaven.