I’m So thankful for this past Saturday. My two oldest sons got baptized in the name of God The Father, Jesus Christ The Son, and The Holy Spirit. By God’s grace He allowed me to Baptize them. What a tremendous pleasure and responsibility. I truly am the Priest of my Home. How did this happen? How did God take a broken guy like me and transform him into an instrument of love? God is so loving and merciful and I am shown new mercies each and every day.
We don’t believe one has to be Baptized to be saved, we do it is an act of obedience, and outward symbol of our acceptance of His free gift of love and salvation. The fact is if you want to be Baptized it is because you believe already that Christ died for your sins on the cross and rose from the dead conquering sin, Satan, and death once and for all. If you already believe then we believe that you are sealed by God with the promise of the Holy Spirit. This is such an amazing act of love. You can have assurance of Salvation, of Eternity in Heaven, of a Crown of Life.
There was so much joy in my heart for my two sons as they went under the water, symbolic of our death of the men we were, and then raising again out of the death to being a new creation. My shirt in the picture says “With God all things are possible”. What an understatement. God used someone like me to teach my sons about Christ. God used someone like me to read them God’s Word. God Allowed me to see them come to Christ, and He gave me the pleasure of Baptizing them. God is GOOD.
If you know us you know our year has been tough. I just went to our 5th funeral of the year today. But our Redeemer lives, and He is still changing the hearts of men. If you don’t know Christ please consider his grace and mercy. I promise you there is none righteous not one. We are all in need of a Savior, and there is no other way than through Jesus.
Truly the highlight of my year! God is good. Know Him and make Him be known it is our very purpose. In Acts he says go and make disciples. I ask you to go to those you love and tell them the good news. There is nothing more wonderful than to see someone believe and have their eternal destiny fulfilled. To be used by God to do the very act that John the Baptist performed was not lost on me. It was one of the most humbling and gracious moments of my life. I pray that God brings all of you a moment that is so kind and rich in love.
5 years ago when reading a Bible to these two sons on a family camp out my second son became a believer. We went over this verse before going to the Baptism.
John 1:12New International Version (NIV)
12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—
I beg you if you are reading this please come be a child of God. It is so Amazing in the good times and in the Bad. He is there to be your refuge. To those who did receive him, to those who came before me and shared the gospel. Thank You! Generations have been changed because of your obedience to Christ.