“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” Galatians 3:26-27
As I sat in my seat last Saturday night I couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed by the presence of God’s spirit. One after another, we all watched as people who we have come to know and love got baptized and made a dedication to Christ that is symbolic, simple, and beautiful.
Just like Paul wrote in the verse above, taking that plunge is the equivalent of clothing ourselves in Christ. When you get dunked and you come out, people can tell that you are wet. That’s because you were not merely in the presence of the water, but you were submerged in it. In the same way, being baptized is submerging yourself in the grace, love, and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. Just as people see the clothes you wear everyday, people will see the the changed you as one who is clothed in the righteousness of our God.
What I feel gets lost so often in baptism though is its effect on those witnessing it happen. Often during a wedding, a pastor will challenge those attending the ceremony to act as witnesses to the vows and promises the two being married are committing to. Baptism works just the same. Baptism, as deeply personal as it is, is also extremely public. These amazing acts of faith build accountability, community and friendships throughout the church.
I was not baptized last weekend, but I felt more moved than most any other time in my life. Being able to see the fruits of the work that God started in each persons’ life and knowing that I got to be a part of it is incredible. Even more exciting is that we each get to partner alongside each other and step forward as the church body, all clothed in Christ Jesus, and bring his light to the dark.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of age.” Matthew 28:19-20
Kevin Balzer / Christ Follower / Son / Worship Leader / Friend