We had a wonderful Sunday today, where four people felt called to the water (immersion) to cement their discipleship call to obey Jesus.
As someone who was baptised as a baby and subsequently became a Christian in my early 20’s, I know what it is like to hear God call for total surrender and commitment. I was incredibly grateful to my parents for putting me into God’s hands, and to my godparents – who have written to me every year on my birthday since.
But a few years after committing my life to Jesus, He called me to total immersion as an outward sign of total commitment to His way in my life. And I am so glad I obeyed (even though logically I didn’t need to do it). What caught my attention was the Bible verse when Peter said “Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2.38).
I realised that I had repented when I gave my life to Jesus, but I hadn’t been baptised as a penitent person, returning to God. And I wanted no obstruction to my receiving of the Holy Spirit!
Are you being called? Even if you have been a Christian for a long time – Jesus calls us to obedience. And baptism is first and foremost public obedience, a sign to the world of who you Crown as King, and as a personal “dying” to yourself. No one can be baptised twice – but by reaffirming your baptismal vows in plenty of water the meaning of that original and still effective baptism – is renewed to you in power and reality! Your life will not remain the same!
If you would like to discuss this step (we provide careful preparation) – please get in contact. We plan to fill the pool again very soon. Don’t hold back. Step into what God has for you.