This Sunday, we're getting ready to baptize some new Christ-followers during our worship service! It's a pretty exciting moment; to see someone take the next steps in their faith and identify with Christ through baptism.
When we are baptized, we're taking part in a symbolic representation of our death to sin and resurrection to new life through Jesus. It's really a chance to outwardly display our inward decision to believe that Jesus is Lord and commit to following him. And that's the key when it comes to baptism; it's a way for us to make public the change that has happened to us on the inside as a result of Jesus' work for us and in our lives.
When people see your baptism, they should know where you stand: that you're a follower of Jesus. But after baptism, I think we are constantly given the opportunity to demonstrate outwardly the inward change that has taken place in our lives. Baptism is just the beginning of a life that is lived anew.
Take a look at Paul's words in Ephesians 4:17-24:
17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed. 20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old