My favorite Scripture about baptism is Galatians 3:27 - 'For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.' If we are hesitant to put on Christ (show Him on the outside of your life) then I bet we are hesitant in other ways...therefore baptism is a wonderful reflection into the heart. To put on Christ is to wear His attributes. To put on Christ is to be dressed in His Righteousness (right standing with God). To put on Christ is a spiritual act and where we act spiritually, our bodies will follow.
In baptism we reflect the Gospel as scripture teaches in Romans 6:3-9 'Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him.'
You have the opportunity to reflect the love of Jesus Christ in your obedience to God and His Word. You begin reflecting as you put on Christ in Baptism. You continue reflecting as you walk after the Way of God each day of your life...step by step.
Maybe you wonder how to do that or maybe you have struggled to do that thus far...you are not alone. However, God has provided help. This Sunday in our Way Community we will learn about The Holy Spirit and how we have been given power to follow after God.