Something to Consider – Baptism
On the certificate at the beginning of this part of your journey there was a space for the date of your baptism. If you have not been baptized yet I want you to consider that as we conclude this first step.
What is Baptism
Nothing mystical or hidden happens during baptism. The miracle doesn’t take place in the water, it has already taken place when you made the decision to become a Christ follower and your sins were forgiven and you were granted citizenship in the kingdom of God. Baptism is an outward expression of what has happened in your life. It declares before the church, your family and friends, and anyone else watching, that you have started a new journey in your life, a journey with Jesus Christ as the center of your life.
Quite vividly your being baptized portrays the change that has taken place in your life, and it is one more way of remembering what Jesus did for us. Consider this passage from Romans:
Romans 6:3-4 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
So, as you are baptized you set up a mile-marker in your life that identifies that you are on a new path, a new trail. I want you to consider being baptized. Speak with the pastor or your teacher about what is involved and how you can be baptized. The Lord Jesus set the example for us in his own baptism. (Matthew 3:13-17)
Jesus wants you to be willing to publicly declare your faith in Him. Later we will talk more about sharing your faith with others to help them join you on the trail. However, he wants us to talk about our faith in Him without fear or shame. (Matt. 10:32-33) Being baptized is one of the first steps a believer makes in declaring their faith in Jesus.
(to be continued)