Dec 2 – Remember Your Baptism
Just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too will walk in newness of life.
Do you remember your baptism? What age were you? Growing up in the Baptist church, Baptism was a big deal—we’re talking full immersion—and it was not done until you reached what was called the age of accountability. For me that was thirteen. I remember being dressed in white, walking down into the water, and being laid back until my head was completely under water. I felt joy and excitement mixed with confusion and indecision. What just happened? What does this mean? What am I supposed to do now?
Today’s reading gives us a wonderful explanation. In baptism, we are united with Christ forever. We are given a new life—a life free from the fear of sin and death. Look again at verse 6, “For we know that our old self was crucified with…that we should no longer be slaves to sin.” Instead of fearing God and seeing him as our punisher, Jesus set us free to live in relationship with God.
I grew up terrified of God, afraid of being punished, worried about judgment day, scared that I would be a lost cause. We will never be a lost cause! God is always there waiting for us to reach out to him. We may abandon him or walk away or blame him for what goes wrong in our lives; but all it takes is one prayer asking for forgiveness and we are reconciled.
As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ, think about your own rebirth. Renew and revitalize your relationship with God. Spend time with him in scripture and prayer. Be open to his voice and his guidance. See where he leads you.
God, thank you for your unconditional love and for sending your son to free me from sin and death. Help me to live in relationship with you. Amen.