This Sunday we are going to be celebrating with 19 people who are taking the next step in their faith journey by getting baptized. I love cheering on the people who are ‘taking the plunge.’ This is a very important symbol and step of obedience in the life of a Christian.
Baptism is an outward symbol of an inward reality. The reality for each of these people is that they have believed in Jesus and have chosen to follow Him for the rest of their lives. And now they are living out Jesus’ own example-he was baptized and then he commanded all who follow him to be baptized as well (Matthew 28:18-20). They will be symbolically buried with Christ, and moments later raised again to new life as they come out of the water. This is the reality of what has happened spiritually, now we get to witness this physically. Don’t miss out on this exciting day, you’ll be glad you came!
But there is another kind of baptism that we sometimes face through the course of our lives called ‘Baptism by Fire.’ This is a situation that you are thrown into where you have very little preparation…you just need to hold on and survive by using your wits and wisdom, and likely a little bit of grit.
Maybe right now you are facing a baptism by fire. It could be in a relationship that is going sideways, a parenting struggle that leaves you scratching your head for answers, a problem at work or a diagnosis that is more than you can endure. In these moments it can be hard to have patience. All we really want is for things to get better NOW! Some feel their situation is so hopeless that they simply give up. The pain and pressure are too much to persevere through.
Don’t give up.
Keep on going. Persevere. Be patient. There is more happening than you can see.
Over 2000 years ago Jesus came to save the world, in perfect timing. He was not a minute too soon, or a moment too late.
And he is coming again. His timing is always perfect (even if we think he should hurry up!).
The first time Jesus came to “seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10). He came as a Saviour for our sins. When he comes again he will come as Judge. He will judge the whole world-including those who have hurt, persecuted and oppressed others, and he will judge you and me for all that we have said and done. It is a humbling thought. And it should give us courage in our situation. We don’t have to retaliate, we don’t have to focus on ‘payback.’ We can simply trust that God will make all things right. Our role is to be patient and to persevere.
Think about how patient God has been with us. He has waited on us to make good decisions, to allow him to have control of our lives, and to surrender our hearts to him. Today God still waits patiently, because he loves everyone in the world. And he doesn’t want any of them to live without a relationship with Him (John 3:16).
So if you haven’t already, put your trust in Jesus. He will get you through your baptism by fire, and lead you into real hope, new life and lasting purpose. That’s what those who are getting baptized have done. Jesus is with you, even if you are at the end of your rope, and he will make all things right.
Just be patient. Persevere. Keep on going. He is coming. And his timing is perfect.
Make sure your timing is perfect on Sunday. 9:30am, 11:00am and 12:30pm are the service times. We look forward to seeing you and celebrating with you!