“And Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit…So those who received his word were baptized…’” Acts [2:38] and 41
The most important day in the life of a college football player that aspires to play in the NFL is draft day. On draft day, professional teams take turns choosing who they want on their team. When a player gets the call saying that they have been drafted by a team, the response from the player, family, and fans is overwhelming celebration. After having his name called, the player goes to the stage and is presented with a hat and jersey from his new team. The drafted player proudly takes on the identity of his new team.
In a similar way, when a person comes to place their faith in Jesus, the best way to publicly show your new identity is to be baptized. Through baptism, we are publicly proclaiming the Gospel message, that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and lives again. Through baptism, we are also proclaiming our identity in Jesus, and declaring that He is our Lord and Savior. Baptism is an act of obedience that comes after a profession of faith. Baptism is an opportunity for the church to celebrate with the one that is being baptized.
Have you come to faith in Jesus? Have you been baptized? If not, then what is keeping you from being baptized? Now that you are on Jesus’ team, take the opportunity to allow the world to know about your new identity.
Dear Jesus, thank You for living the life I couldn’t and dying the death that I deserve. Thank You for the gift of baptism. Help me, Lord, to boldly live out my identity in You. Amen.