Tomorrow I will finally be baptized. I am very excited. :) I've been wanting to do this for a long time and now it's happening for real! I get to make the public statement, as Jesus did, that Jesus Christ is THE Savior and the way, the truth, the LIFE!
This doesn't save me. My salvation was a gift of grace and mercy when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior, repented of my sins, and decided to follow Him. When I did that back when I was 5 years old, I immediately received the Holy Spirit. This baptism is just an outward sign, a symbol of the sins being washed away, of becoming a new creation in Christ.
Because being a Christian is more than just realizing that God loves me and praying to Him when something is going wrong. It's more than just being a nice person and trying to help others. It's more than asking Him for safety and thanking Him for meals. It's more than a list of don'ts. It's a LIFE, it's completely following Him. Being a new creation means being absolutely different than the world. Easier said than done, but that is my goal. Tomorrow, through being baptized, I am announcing that goal to the world.
My chains are gone, I've been set free,
My God, my Savior has ransomed me,
And like a flood, His mercy reigns,
Unending love, amazing grace.
(Chris Tomlin - Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone))