Let me prefaces this by saying, baptism is for everyone, but you have to ready for it. I was finally ready for it a few weekends ago now. My faith brings me to tears and although I do not always honor God, I always love Him.
Acts 2:38 (English Standard Version) states, “And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Baptism for me was meant as an outward sign of an inward covenant between myself and God. It is not required for salvation nor does it guarantee a better spot in heaven if you get baptized, so why would someone want to get baptized to begin with? Well, for me, I knew that the time was right, and I wanted the world to know that this sacrament was serious to me and that my relationship with God, as a Christian, was important and real to me. I love being a Christian, I love knowing that God exists and that I believe in Him. I have seen too many answers to prayer to believe otherwise. From God answering prayer for needed extra income at a certain point in my life, to keeping myself and my children alive during a traumatic car accident that spun us 180 degrees then 360 degrees. I see the sun and the stars, I see the body and brain work together on a daily basis, and I see so many intricacies of life that I am often left dumb founded. I understand the reasons for doubting, I have once doubted myself. I now have a teenager who doubts about the existence of God and I know that he is not alone in his doubt, but for me, I do not doubt, and my baptism was a symbol of this faith.
When my husband and I were finally able to attend church together for the first time in our lives, it felt right. All the things fell into place for us, we became members of our church and baptism seemed like the next logical step to us. We love our church family, adore our pastor and his family, so the time was right. I guess you could say that the holy spirit was pulling us towards this because as the day drew near, we felt more and more excited.
1 Peter 3: 21 (ESV) states, “baptism, which corresponds to this, now says you, not as a removal of dirt from the body bust as an appeal to God for good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” I did not get baptized because I thought I was surely going to heaven being submerged under water, but I wanted to say “thank you” to a God who created me and has given me all the blessings of the good life. Believe me, I am not a happy-go-lucky woman who has never experienced the pitfalls of life, actually, the exact opposite. Just check out the blog post about my husband who separated from the Army or the posts about my mother who is losing her life to dementia and I was once her full-time caregiver all while taking care of four children and going to school. The blessings that I am talking about include, not only my children, but the fact that I have never had to go through this life alone. When I pray in desperation, I know that I am praying to a God who hears me. I am able to turn to my creator and call on Him for help and I wanted to tell Him, “thank you.” I may not be able to live a perfect life, but I can show that I am dedicated to trying and that I believe that God is my higher power. If you take some time to think about baptism or get baptized later in life, this is okay. You know your relationship with Jesus Christ. You know when the holy spirit it pulling you towards something. Below is the sermon on baptism that our pastor preached on the day we were baptized.