Grace is Calling… Means of Grace: Baptism

By: Dustin Call

What do you think of when you think about baptism? There are many different traditions and “modes” of baptism. Some sprinkle, dunk, infant baptism, adult baptism, and on and on we could go. But what comes to mind for you is probably largely based on your personal experiences and local church practices. Many people probably have not cracked open a Bible and said “let me figure out what I believe about baptism”.

Maybe you remember your baptism as an amazing day. Maybe you were recently saved and excited about your new faith. You proudly made your decision to be baptized. You remember the excitement as you stepped into the water. The pastor then speaking of its significance and then your subsequent dunking and emerging from the water.

Watchman Nee said, “Baptism is an outward expression of a inward faith.” And Max Lucado asked, “Is it possible for an unbaptized believer to be saved? Yes definitely. Should every believer be baptized? Yes definitely.”

In other words, the act itself doesn’t save us. However it’s a beautiful moment to allow God’s grace to penetrate our hearts. It’s a moment to declare with courage before a group of church family and friends “I have made a commitment to follow Jesus”. This speaks to the flowing of grace in our lives and declares it to the world.

I am reminded of the song that echoes in my mind at this moment. The words are:
I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
no turning back, no turning back.
Though none go with me, I still will follow;
though none go with me, I still will follow;
though none go with me, I still will follow;
no turning back, no turning back.

This is Baptism, a courageous decision that works itself out from the grace stirring within. Thank you, and God bless.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s