Baptism


Our son Josh was baptized last Sunday.

It was a joyous day for our family.

Josh is sixteen years old and he loves Jesus. Even when he was two, he would ask us questions about the Savior.

Case in point: when he was two years old he, Doug, and I were sitting in the living room of our Rhode Island home. Josh was sitting on Daddy’s lap and he asked, “Why can’t I see Jesus?”

We explained that Jesus is alive and living in  Heaven and we will see Him face to face one day. Until then, He has given us His Spirit who lives inside our hearts. (Have you ever tried to explain the truth of the Holy Spirit to a two year old? It’s not easy! 🙂 ).

I need to preface Josh’s next two statements with the fact that when he was two, he loved French fries. Even when I would drive by the automatic teller at the bank, he thought we were at McDonald’s and he would yell, “French fries! French fries!”

So, in that moment in our Rhode Island living room, a smile spread across his face and his brown eyes danced with glee.

“Jesus!” He called out, looking all around. “Surprise for you!”

Doug and I looked at each other, wondering what in the world he was doing.

He clasped his little hands together, turned around to look right at the front door and said, “Jesus! French fries for you!!!”

He clapped and stared excitedly at the front door.

How could Jesus possibly resist French fries?!

Needless to say, Jesus did not appear to claim the offer of French fries. 🙂 However, Jesus was always important to Josh. He talked about Him often  and he loved to hear stories of when Jesus walked this earth.

He originally asked Jesus to be his Savior when he was five years old and he was as sincere as a five year old can be.

However, he came to me when he was fourteen with a greater understanding of what Jesus truly did for him and wanted to renew his commitment.

When our pastor announced two weeks ago that baptisms would take place the following Sunday, Josh knew that he was ready to take the next step of obedience and be baptized.

This was not an easy step for him to take. He is not one to seek the spotlight and standing before the entire church to share his testimony was way out his comfort zone.

Yet…life happens when we step outside of our comfort zones.

I reminded him that Jesus never promises a safe life. As Dr. Maltby, a famous English preacher in the twentieth century said, “ Jesus promised His disciples three things: they would be entirely fearless, absurdly happy, and always in trouble.”

“Baptism is a sacred vow of the believer to follow Christ. Just as a wedding celebrates the fusion of two hearts, baptism celebrates the union of the sinner with Savior.” —Max Lucado

Baptism is the initial step of a faithful heart.” —Max Lucado

Buried with Christ in death…

Raised to walk in newness of life…

Baptism is an outward expression of an inward faith.” —Watchman Nee

We are so proud of our son and this is our prayer for him as he begins his faith journey in earnest:

The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face to shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
The Lord turn His face toward you
and give you peace. —Numbers 6:24-26

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