Luke 3:3(NIV) says, “Then John went from place to place on both sides of the Jordan river preaching that people should be baptized to show that they had repented of their sins and turned to God to be forgiven”
Becoming a follower of Christ has so many benefits. You are part of a team of believers who have somewhere to turn in difficult times through hope and faith in God’s promises. You know where every blessing you have comes from and are able to be grateful for the wisdom gained in difficult times and for the blessings that you are given no matter how big or small.
We were all created in the image of God; however, we are individual team players throughout our lives. Our daily decisions and how we express those beliefs are the examples of our commitment to the Kingdom of God. Leading others to Christ through the way that we live is very pleasing to God. When you accept Jesus into your heart, you are filled with the Holy Spirit who guides you through life when you listen. But have you truly made the decision to say goodbye to the old ways and embrace your new life… your resurrected life through being baptized?
PUT ON THE JERSEY
Think of your favorite sports team and how excited you get on game day, adorning the outer gear to show the inner love you have for that team. You don’t even have to think about it… you proudly wear the jersey and are excited for everyone to know who you represent. Yet, as a believer, so many fail to take that bold statement, that critical step to be baptized publicly to show their love for Jesus and all that He has done for them.
Acts 8: 34-38 (NIV) says, “The eunuch asked Phillip, “Tell me, was the prophet talking about himself or someone else?” So, beginning with this same scripture Phillip told him the good news about Jesus. As they rode along, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look! there’s some water, why can’t I be baptized?” he ordered the carriage to stop and went down into the water and Philip baptized him. Wow! This man was so excited about the good news of Jesus that the moment he saw a body of water on their journey, he stopped in his tracks to be baptized right then and there! He was excited to write that chapter of his story and adorn himself outwardly with what was happening on the inside. So, here’s a question… Have you put on your jersey for Christ? Are you excited to adorn yourself with the gear that you are a believer on the outside in your everyday life?
THE NEW BEGINNING
Romans 6:3-4 says, “Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death for we died, and we were buried with Christ by baptism and just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the father now, we may also live new lives.” Jesus was baptized and told us to be baptized as an outward expression of what is happening inside of our hearts. Being baptized is so much more than a public expression of faith. When you decide to be baptized understanding the symbolism of being immersed underwater to drown your sins and ways of the world that you’ve lived, then to emerge from the water a new life, a resurrected life, one that will be filled with the Holy Spirit, it is truly a life changing experience. You are welcoming a holy conviction of any sin that you commit from that day forward, and the guidance, if taken will lead you to the life God has planned for you.
THE MOST IMPORTANT CHAPTER OF YOUR STORY
Ephesians 2:10 (NIV) says, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Baptism is like the last-minute touchdown in the final seconds of the game, that leaves you with an incredible win! However, if you leave this out of your story, it’s like turning to a blank page in a book you love, wondering where the ending is. I encourage you today, to express your love for God and publicly dedicate your life by being baptized. Write that chapter into your life story, make it part of your testimony, post it on Facebook and be proud of who you represent, it is a winning team! You will be completing your mosaic of broken pieces to finish the masterpiece that God has already begun.
This post was inspired from the message by Lead Pastor Gary Baldus – “Verified By Jesus“