FRIDAY, AUGUST 10
“were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.”
Acts 2:41 ESV
A father was talking to his oldest son about the boy’s upcoming baptism. Wanting him to understand the significance of the event, he took great care to communicate with him. While they were talking, the boy’s younger brother, a little four-year-old, left the room. He seemed visibly upset so the father followed him to see what was wrong. Tearfully, the little guy confessed, “I want to be alphabetized with my brother.” Baptism is something that many well meaning people are confused about.
The word “baptized” means to be submerged. Jesus and all His followers in the New Testament were submerged under water as an obedient act and public proclamation that they were Christ followers. It was a way to tell the world, “I have decided to follow Jesus.” That required incredible courage. In many places that decision cost Christians their friends, families, their livelihood and even their lives. Most of us won’t pay such a high cost but God expects us to be baptized nonetheless.
Baptism doesn’t save anyone. Baptism is what happens after you place your faith in Jesus and is symbolic of the spiritual cleansing that has already taken place in your heart. Jesus asks His followers to take this bold step of showing the world they are His and have welcomed His Lordship into their lives. Have you been baptized since you made the decision to become a follower of Christ? If not, don’t delay. Make the decision to take the next step and reach out to the church let them know you are ready to be baptized.