Yesterday we talked a bit about faith. Today I want to continue with this portions of Scripture and talk about baptism, which is an outward expression of an inward work done by God’s Holy Spirit when we’re saved. My baptism was sort of funny – my pastor was a sweetheart, but he was even shorter than me when I was 13 years old – and I’m short! I remember having some fear that he wasn’t going to be able to get me back up out of the water.
Now… you have to understand – I have a horrible fear of water. I know it’s irrational – but when I was about 7 years old, my dad decided that I was going to learn to swim – and he got tired of trying to teach me – so one afternoon he threw me in the deep end and thought I was going to figure it out. I didn’t. I sunk like a stone!
So, knowing that this slight built, short man was going to be in charge of keeping me from drowning… well – it left me less than confident. I know Brother Clopp (yes, that’s his real name) had probably done hundreds of baptisms – and I wasn’t going to back out because I knew that if I did drown, I’d be okay – I mean… I was saved, so…
I know some would recommend that I just skip it – saying that God would understand. I just felt like I had to be baptized. It must be an important step because even Christ felt He should be baptized. It must matter – and most people understand the significance – when you go under the water you are symbolically ridding yourself of your old life – your old self is gone – and as you come out of the water, you are a new person – and I can’t explain it – but that’s really how it feels! It’s like you are clean and forgiven and life will never be the same.
I’m so very thankful that whosoever means me too! Believe on the name of Christ and you’ll be saved.
We’re washed and covered with Christ – then there’s water baptism… an outward symbol representing the inward work. 🙂