WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
“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!”
Romans 6:3 (MSG)
BAPTISM SAYS “THE OLD ME HAS DIED”
Randy Travis released a song in 2002 entitled Pray for the Fish. The 2nd verse says, “Well, the preacher ducked him under that cool, clear water, then he did it again. Eddie came up yellin, ‘Lord in Heaven, hallelujah! I’m a brand new man!’ Well, the water got to bubblin’, sky got to rumblin’ an’ the thunder backed up the choir. The fish started jumpin’; it was like they were swimmin’ in a lake of fire. Then Eddie’s Momma stepped outta the crowd and started yellin’ out loud, ‘Pray for the fish! They won’t know what’s coming when the sin starts rollin’ off the likes of him. Lord, be with ’em, they ain’t done nothin’.”
Baptism doesn’t wash away our sins. However, baptism is a picture of us dying to our old sinful life. 2 Corinthians 5:17 teaches, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
The Bible clearly teaches we have not always been a Christian. There is a before Christ, and then there is a time I accept Christ. What was your life like before you accepted Christ? If you can’t remember when you accepted Christ, you may have never actually clearly declared you want a relationship with Him. If so, repent of your sins now and confess Jesus as Lord of your life.
Thank God for allowing our old self to die with Christ and how baptism is a picture of our decision to follow Jesus.