Teetering on the edge of oblivion I was on one knee waiting for an answer. I still don’t know if she said, “YES!!!!” because she wanted to marry me, or because she was trying to keep me from slipping to my death. Either way, my wife chose to go “All In” with me in marriage on a cool October night in Grand Junction CO, on the edge of a cliff at the Colorado National Monument mountain range.
Going “All In” with Jessica required a lot from us over the next months as we prepared to be married. In fact, it’s never stopped, 11 years, 3 major moves and 4 awesome little people later, we know – that moment has literally changed EVERYTHING for us!!!! But what if we never told anyone? What if we never went public with this information, continued to live our lives separately, but simply had this one unforgettable moment together? Would we be married? Would we enjoy any benefits from doing life together? Would there be “results” from our commitment? The answer is obviously “no” to all.
What if our commitment to Jesus is the same? In fact, the Bible tells us that it is, exactly the same, “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.” (Matt. 10:32) You want to be on the right side of this one! This is precisely where water baptism comes in. Water baptism is the public acknowledgement of our inward commitment to Jesus. It’s what we do, once we’re committed to Christ. If you were baptized as a baby, it’s God’s will for you to have a meaningful baptism after commitment to Christ.
The question of “Why should I be baptized?” is irrelevant. Here’s the question the Scripture asks, and when we truly get it, we will too, “They came to water, and the Eunuch said, “Look! Water! Why shouldn’t I be baptized?” (Acts 8:36) Why shouldn’t you be baptized? The answer is obvious – you’re “All In” with Jesus – get water baptized. It’s going to be awesome and EVERYTHING will change in such a good way!!!!
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Great article. And let’s remember that even Jesus Himself was water baptized by John! and then the Holy Spirit descended upon Him. How much more should we follow in this regard…