16 Dec Wading into the Water
Luke 3:16 “I baptise you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.”
I never really understood baptism and the significance of doing so. I didn’t want my getting baptised to be just a religious act (tick the box kind of thing) or because everyone else was making the individual choice to do so; I needed to be motivated by my heart and Jesus to be sure of such a big decision. Jesus didn’t give up on me for simply not understanding, He loved me anyway and waited for the perfect timing to give me understanding.
It was October 27th our pastor mentioned how if Jesus is poking you with a stick about baptism, to explore it and follow in obedience. Almost as soon as those words were spoken Jesus whispered to my heart “I need you to get baptised”. The words were spoken with such certainty it was like being run over by a truck – no way of missing it. I have always told Jesus if He wants me to do something to be really clear, so there is no doubt, and there was no doubt in my mind I was going to get baptised. I was like “ok God if you want me too.” At this point I still didn’t understand baptism.
Jesus showed me through His own baptism (in the Bible read Luke 3:1-23) and Philip and the Ethiopian (in the Bible read Acts 8:26-40) how the action of baptism doesn’t give us salvation nor does it guarantee an easy life, but baptism is a physical, outward action to show the internal transformation that Jesus has been doing inside of you and secondly your commitment to your relationship with Jesus.
This year has been a year of change and healing for me to become All We Are Meant to Be and although this year has not gone according to my plans, Jesus has never felt closer and I don’t want to go on any adventures of life without Him with me… always. It was finally the right time for me, not anyone else, to make the choice to get baptised.
I confirmed the details rather quickly because I thought “why wait? People will always be busy no matter what time I choose.” I chose Saturday, 10th December. As baptism is a very personal choice I decided to make the details reflect me.
I love being outside, I thought if I lived near the coast I would be baptised in the ocean (I love the beach) but I still live hours away from the coast so I got baptised in my backyard pool
I wanted a small, intimate gathering of people
And the night before I was baptised I chose the song What The Lord Has Done In Me by Reuben Morgan
Let the weak say I am strong
Let the poor say I am rich
Let the blind say I can see
It’s what the Lord has done in me
Into the river I will wade
There my sins are washed away
From the heaven’s mercy stream
Of the Saviour’s love for me
To the Lamb that was slain
Jesus died and rose again
I will rise from waters deep
Into the saving arms of God
I will sing salvation songs
Jesus Christ has set me free
It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining, my Dad even helped baptise me. It will be a day I will never forget. This is the second time this year Jesus has shown me the importance of something I didn’t understand. In Be Still I shared how the concept of quiet time with Jesus just went over my head to how time with Jesus became beautiful, rich and sweet. Don’t let your lack of understanding stop you coming to Jesus, He loves you beyond words and is exceedingly patient.