31st May 2011
Fourteen years ago today was one of the happiest days of my life. I was baptised as an adult, by full immersion in the local river with my friends and family there to watch me. It was a really special day for me, when I stood before the people closest to me and said that Jesus was the most important person in my life and that I wanted to serve him. I remember quoting the words of Paul from Philippians Chapter 3:7-14 and saying that this was how I wanted to live my life.
"But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ - the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."
What challenging and powerful words they are. Today I reflect on these words and think of how my faith has changed over the years since that day. There have been tough times that have tested my faith, there have been times when I have let God down, there have been times when I felt far from God but through everything I know God has been there for me. Today I am challenged to keep on going, to press on, giving everything and look forward to "the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."
My baptism day was a day when God really blessed me. It was my chance to speak out to my friends and family about Jesus. If you are a Christian and haven't been baptised I really encourage you to take that step.
For more information see Is Baptism Important?