April and I visited a church that we had never been to before. It was one of those “mega” churches. The worship was great. I sensed God’s presence in the house, His house! The sermon was good as well. The pastor spoke about the attitude of giving. I had found two pennies earlier that morning and told April, “Here’s our offering today. Like the widow’s mite.” He spoke about the attitude of the widow when she gave her offering. April turned to me and smiled.
Just then he looked up and saw the rich people dropping offerings in the collection plate. Then he saw a poor widow put in two pennies. He said, “The plain truth is that this widow has given by far the largest offering today. All these others made offerings that they’ll never miss; she gave extravagantly what she couldn’t afford—she gave her all!” Luke 21:3-4 (MSG)
Then, at the end of the service, the worship team was again singing. A bright light came on to the right of the platform. There, standing in water, were several individuals huddled up. They broke the huddle, and one by one, they were baptized. Now I have seen many water baptisms in my lifetime, so when my eyes teared up, it surprised me.
It didn’t take me long to realize that the one who was being baptized was being led through the process by, most likely, the one who led them to God in the first place. That technique I had never witnessed before. As each person rose out of the water, the congregation applauded with enthusiasm. It was then I got a glimpse of heaven and angels standing, looking over the edge and applauding as well. More tears flowed. I later learned this church does this at the end of every Sunday service.
Pastor Robert Morris teaches that there are three baptisms.
- Baptism into salvation. The act of accepting Jesus as God’s Son and what He did on the cross to forgive us of our sins.
- Water baptism. The act of going public with your decision to accept Jesus into your life and symbolically the washing away of your sins.
- Baptism into the Holy Spirit. Receiving the Holy Spirit is getting the power to minister and the ability to be used by God supernaturally as He leads.
Water baptism is an important step in the life of a follower of Jesus Christ. If you haven’t taken this step, I pray that you will consider getting it done soon. You won’t believe how clean you feel when you rise up out of the water. Find the one who introduced you to God, and then just add water.
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3 thoughts on “Just Add Water”
I LOVE baptisms! We have a lot at our church, too. I love hearing all the testimonies people give before they go under. And I love cheering when they come up. What a joyful celebration!
Yes, it is. It just hit me, it’s like celebrating the birth of a child and in fact, it is, a child of God. A new member of the family of God. That is always something worth celebrating!
I know what you mean, Mark. Whenever I see a scene in a movie where a baby is born, I cry! I used to cry at baptisms, too, but now I’d rather just cheer. (I probably yell louder than anyone else at church. And usually I don’t even know the person. 😉 )