Saturday, June 4, 2011

baptism!

"For you will be His witness to all men of what you have seen and heard. And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord." - Acts 12:15-16

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))

2 comments:

  1. Praying for you sweetie and so thankful for your bold testimony of faith in our Lord Jesus! Love you! :)

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  2. That is great, Ashley! I love that Chris Tomlin song... so true, so true. Announce on, my sweet!

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