And this water symbolizes
baptism that now saves you also-not the removal of dirt from the body
but the pledge of a good conscience toward God.
1 Peter 3:21a
One of the activities I love to do is take my dogs to the coast.
The girls love running in the water. I generally find a
section that is uninhabited, let them off their leashes, and off they
go--running and chasing each other up and down the coast, through the
However, to say that Kasey and Annie love the coast is not to say
that they have always loved the coast. Yes, they've
always loved water; especially Kasey, who loved to wade into the lake
after ducks. But I still very much remember our first trip to the
coast: this was something different! This wasn't placid lake
water--this water was moving! Unfortunately, they
didn't like the whole "water coming at them" scenario.
In fact, on that first visit, I had to find a little calm stream
before they felt comfortable getting wet at all. In time, though, not
only did they get used to the waves, but they came to
love the ocean. Now they can't wait to get out of the
car and get wet!
There are many of us who approach faith, and especially baptism,
in the same manner. Calm, placid lake water--and only for wading,
thank-you-very-much--is just fine. But talk about going deeper in the
faith, or even baptism--that's a whole new paradigm.
And it can be scary, taking that plunge--that step of
surrender--into a deeper relationship with Jesus
1 Peter 3:21 tells us that being baptized is something like--but
more than!--being washed by water. Not only are our sins washed away,
but we make a pledge to God: "And this water symbolizes
baptism that now saves you also--not the removal of dirt from the
body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by
the resurrection of Jesus Christ
" The author of Hebrews 10:22
says something very similar: "Let us draw near to God with a sincere
heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to
cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with
It can be scary, stepping towards moving water, moving faith. But
the joy that comes from getting wet--running up and down the banks of
Godly faith--that is the great adventure. That is the
chance well worth taking.
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