THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
“That is what happened in baptism. When we went under the water, we left the old country of sin behind; when we came up out of the water, we entered into the new country of grace—a new life in a new land! That’s what baptism into the life of Jesus means. When we are lowered into the water, it is like the burial of Jesus; when we are raised up out of the water, it is like the resurrection of Jesus.”
Romans 6:3-4 (MSG)
BAPTISM SAYS “I AM LIVING A NEW LIFE FOR CHRIST, AND IN CHRIST”
When native converts of the island of Madagascar presented themselves for baptism, it was often asked of them, “What first led you to think of becoming Christians?” The answer usually was that the changed conduct of others who had become Christians first arrested their attention.
The converts would say, “I knew this man to be a thief; that one was a drunkard; another was very cruel and unkind to his family. Now they are all changed. The thief is an honest man; the drunkard is sober and respectable, and the other is gentle and kind in his home. There must be something in a religion that can work such changes.”
When we come to Christ, we get a new nature that leads us to live new lives. But as Christians, we also live a new life for God’s glory. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
Baptism gives credit to Jesus for your new life. But even something as basic as eating a meal should be done for God’s glory because He is the provider of food and life. Have you glorified God in baptism? Are you glorifying God in your daily life?
Thank God for the opportunities He gives you every day to glorify Him.