Last year I had the privilege to be a part of something that brought emotion and tears to my eyes—something my family will remember for the rest of our lives. It was a milestone. It was symbolic. It was an act of obedience. It was a celebration. My oldest son, Jase, who had just turned seven at the time, decided to take his next step in following Jesus by being baptized at Relevant Church. To some, this may not be a big deal; but let me explain why it is a HUGE deal and answer any a few questions you may have.
Baptism is a BIG DEAL because…
- It demonstrates that I really have placed my trust in Jesus. While baptism does not make you a Christian, I firmly believe that people who have had a true life-changing experience with God will take their next step of obedience and be baptized. It is a simple step, yet a significant one. While some who are baptized may be simply faking it and may not have had a true encounter with Jesus, I believe those who refuse to be baptized have not truly encountered him. While that is very controversial statement, I believe the full weight of the Scriptures supports that theology.
- You have the opportunity to celebrate the grace of God in your life with other believers. Baptism is a celebration of what God has done in your life and a statement of faith in what he will continue to do. At Relevant Church, we celebrate life-change and thus we regularly celebrate baptism together.
- It is a gateway to other blessings in your life. God blesses obedience. Likewise, there are consequences for disobedience. If we want to experience the full blessings of God in our lives, we must be obedient in the act of baptism. Even the account of Jesus being baptized demonstrates for us his obedience to his Heavenly Father.
Since baptism is such a big deal, here are two things to consider if you are contemplating this important step:
- Don’t wait! If you have received Christ into your life and have not been baptized since that time, do it now!
- Get past your objections. You will think of all kinds of reasons to wait or not to take the step. Let it go. Just obey. Practically every baptism recorded in the New Testament occurred immediately after the person confessed Jesus as Lord—there were no excuses.