Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Ever wished life came with an ‘Esc’ button?

Baptizo 2
All of us have done things in life that we are ashamed of. Then comes the moment when all that junk catches up with you, and you can’t find a place to hide. Friend, have you ever wished that life came with an ‘Esc’ or a backspace button? Have you ever thought, “I wish my past could be buried”? Have you ever felt, “Lord, I wish I could not feel the guilt of some sins I committed four years ago”?
Well, there is good news for you and me. Our loving Father new we would find ourselves in such a predicament one day, and He made a way. God loves us. He always has and always will. And there is absolutely nothing we can do to change that. What reassuring thought! Our maker, the Lord of our lives, tells us that He alone has the power to blot out our past.
He set up a very important ordinance in which we affirm publicly that He has erased our past and given us a new life- baptism by immersion. When you walk into the baptismal pool that “you” that you hate dies and you walk out to begin life all over again. In it we publicly declare whose side we are on. We won’t have to hide anymore. Friend, your answer is baptism. Simply put, it means (Rom 6:1-4):
  1. Dying to old sinful way of life.
  2. Burying our sins in the watery grave.
  3. Rising up again out of the water to walk a new life.
It is the beginning of a new adventure with Christ. You do not become perfect but you become committed to “Him that is able to keep you from falling.”(Jude 1:24). It gives you a new sense of freedom and power in your life. When God calls you to baptism and you are cleansed, He promises you the gift of the Spirit to empower your life. All we need to do is to continually believe on His name and claim His precious promises. Moreover, he adopts you into His family. He gives you power to become a bonafide son or daughter. (John 1:12; Acts 2:47). You are not left as an orphan anymore. You start over with a clean slate.
Reader, how thankful must we be? Who else could ever give us such an offer, to start a new walk without having to look over our shoulders? If it is still your desire, may you surrender yourself to Christ for He alone can save ( Acts 4:12).  “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:16). For those of us who have had the experience, let  us ask God to renew us each day. Our cry should be,
“Baptize us anew
With power from on high,
With love, O refresh us!
Dear Savior, draw nigh.
We humbly beseech Thee,
Lord Jesus, we pray,
With love and the Spirit
Baptize us today.” Amen!

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