When somebody comes to the point of seeking baptism it is always, in my experience, a really meaningful experience for that person. As I journey with people pre-baptism the presence of God is very palpable as He increases their passion for His word and for prayer.
A person pre-baptism usually has a contagious level of excitement mixed with a fear of “am I doing the right thing?” “What if I disappoint God?” Reassurance is always needed that our walk with the Lord is a marathon and not a sprint. There are times when we will fall, for sure, because we are human. But those times get further apart the closer we intentionally walk with Christ. Baptism is an intentional step of obedience for any believer. It’s a huge ask, for an introvert such as Jacqui getting baptised today, to stand before their church family and tell them what has brought them to this point.
However, there’s a party going on in Heaven, because that person has chosen to place the commands of God before their own fear of man, and that will always be blessed by God. What I usually see after baptism is a person step into service. They seem to have an awakening that they are part of God’s army, and as such they are no longer passive participants of the church family. If you are a believer and follower of Christ, and are of an age when you understand repentance, then in my mind you are sinning if you do not get baptised.
Jesus Himself said, “Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned,” (Mark 16:16). Although “belief” (faith) is the only requirement for salvation, Jesus takes baptism seriously. He expects it. That is why Christ Himself was baptised….to show us the way. Baptism witnesses that we have died with Christ to the power of sin and live a new life in Christ.
If you are pondering baptism, please see Pastor Julie and I can help you on that journey.