Celebrating the Growth of Christ’s Kingdom – A Word on Baptism
"For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—
When a person comes to Christ, he brings nothing with him but his sin. We as mortal humans haven’t a thing in us good and pure enough to offer up to the perfect and eternal author of the universe. Not a thing built with human hands, spoken by human tongues or thought of by human minds will ever impress or pay homage to God. He does however have something to offer us, forgiveness.
Christ’s atoning sacrifice for our sins is an open gift to all humanity, but is offered to us personally. Therefore, when we stand before the cross and offer up our life to Jesus, we must proclaim to the world that we have accepted his gift. We do this through baptism.
Baptism is our opportunity to show both the unbelieving world, and the church body that we have been saved. That we no longer are slaves to sin, but slaves to righteousness. Sin, although still present in our flesh, no longer holds dominion over our minds. Through public display of our faith in Christ (Baptism,) we proclaim to the world our fearlessness. Sin has lost the battle of attrition in our hearts. Where once the evil one resided, there is only the Holy Spirit. The world now knows that we stand behind our King. We wield the weapons of faith and will be led to victory by him. We proudly wear the cross over our hearts. Our allies identify us by this, and our enemies cower at the sight of it. Welcome to the ranks of righteousness, Christian. God is with you, and he will not leave or forsake you in this spiritual battle.
Prayer: “Lord, the world now knows that I am yours. Give me bravery today and forever. Make me a strong and effective member of your Son Christ’s Church. Keep me healthy and strong with your spirit. Keep me free of spiritual disease, weakness or cancer so that I may not hinder your movement, but make strong your movement in me and also strengthen those I stand with. May your will be done, Father. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”