What Does It Mean to Get Baptized?
Baptism Sunday is coming up on August 27th. Baptism is a sacrament that symbolizes a person’s death and rebirth and commemorates their commitment of their new life to Christ. Jesus instructs us to be baptized, set the example by being baptized Himself, and wants us to follow His lead.
But what does it really mean to be reborn? We’re still human and flawed, we’re certainly going to sin again – so what’s the point of going through this ritual? What changes?
Imagine you want to start hiking. You begin by going on lots of easy hikes to learn about the terrain and your fitness. After doing that for a while, you decide you’re ready for something tougher. And wow is it tough! You aren’t sure you were ready for this! This hike is really challenging, but…you make it! Yay! You’ve just discovered new levels in your ability, your strength, your mental commitment, and your knowledge. You’re a hiker now.
But as anyone who’s attempted a fitness program knows, there’s never a point at which you can stop exercising. You have to keep up the work if you don’t want to lose the results. If you want to stay “a hiker,” you have to keep hiking. If you want your baptism to change your life the way accomplishing that difficult hike would, there’s practice and commitment required – the difference, though, is that you’re not doing it on your own strength.
A person gets baptized after they decide they believe in Christ and want Him to lead their life. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says:
“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”
Getting baptized isn’t a get-out-of-jail-free card, ensuring you’ll never make mistakes again. It’s a confirmation of commitment to a new relationship, dedicated to seeking God’s will and following the course He has designed for your life. That course won’t steer clear of hardship or difficulty, but you will navigate it with God the Father at your side. So don’t get discouraged! As a hiker, it can be tempting to backslide into those easy hikes that don’t challenge you, but you can choose to press on with on your hiking adventure to discover more awesome new places. They may be challenging, but they’ll help you learn more about your abilities, and push you beyond what you thought you were capable of before.
Yeah, it takes work. Baptism isn’t a magic bullet for a problem-free, stress-free, question-free life, but it’s a step towards a more fulfilling life, in relationship with the God of the universe who loves you and has great plans for you.
If you’re ready for the adventure, click here to sign up to get baptized on the 27th!
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7