03 Oct Heart to Heart with God: Day 122_Baptized in the Water
by Michael Bluemling Jr.
365 Days of Reflection Towards God’s Love and Acceptance
~June 4, 2014-June 3, 2015~
Day 122- Richmond, Virginia: Baptized in the Water
What does it mean when we get baptized? For some, they get baptized at birth and for others later at life as either as an adolescent or an adult depending on when they become saved through Jesus Christ. When you are a baby you do not even know what is happening, outside of usually being upset that cold water is being dumped on your head. It is not about what you know, rather it is about the commitment that hopefully our parents were making on our behalf as they made a concentrated effort to raise their child or children in the way of the Lord.
This does matter and some parents may even just do the sacrament out of a family requirement, with no intention of introducing their child to God. This is a sad day when this occurs, because as a parent we are missing out on an opportunity to really expose them to a life filled with joy and happiness as a follower of Jesus. No matter the circumstance we fall under specifically, God will reveal Himself to us and if not through our parents someone will come to fill the void in a way that only Jesus can. When this opportunity presents itself to those who are not or were not saved, they will then be baptized so that they too will be reconciled with God.
It does not matter when we are baptized, but it does matter that we are. When this happens we are free from original sin and then counted among the many followers of Jesus on Earth and above. Even our Lord and Savior was baptized in the River Jordan, and this verse comes from the Gospel of Luke: “Now when all the people were baptized, Jesus was also baptized, and while He was praying, heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased”. From 1 Peter we are also educated about the importance of this Holy Sacrament: “baptism now saves you– not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience– through the resurrection of Jesus Christ”.
How many people can we help them to see the importance of serving God, as Jesus likewise served God on Earth? How many people can we help save and become born again? How many people can we lead to the cross through a baptism in the water? Always remember these three elements of our faith: 1. We are all in this together, 2. We are all walking on the same road to Heaven, and 3. We all need each other to grow in love and peace together as one Body of Christ.
Reflection Day #122
Three takeaways towards your journey with God: