I got baptizeeeeeed!!!!
I got baptized on Sunday— 17/04/2022
I had been so excited for this day to actualize many days prior to its planning because:
1.) It was going to be on the Resurrection Sunday—a day we celebrate the victorious resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave when He defeated death, hell and the grave.
2.) Because this signified that I was publicly professing that my life belonged to Jesus (unashamed to be His follower); being identified with Him in His death (death to the old man), and rising up again with Him (a new creation) no longer bearing the marks of the old gal or old nature.
Now, I’ll be honest. I was expecting to feel some type of new emotion or feeling when I rose up out of the water. But nothing. I only felt drenched of water. And that was it.
However, I was reminded. Just like marriage, when two people make a public commitment to one another: “to have and to hold—from that day forward— for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish till death do them part”, they don’t get these ecstatic or utopian feelings all of a sudden as though something extraordinary has come over them.
No. Those commitments which they make, are made: firstly, to each other, secondly in the presence of witnesses, and mainly before God. And they are spiritual, binding and eternal.
So on that resurrection Sunday, when these words were asked of me: “Shiko, do you make your profession to be a follower of Jesus Christ? To follow His will for your life? That you will do your best by the direction of the Holy Spirit to obey all His commands?” I responded with, a resounding YES! And the pastor proceeded to baptise me in— “the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
In and out of the water I came.
Dead and Risen with Christ I was identified.
Adieu to the old I bid, and a new from the water I emerged.
I may not have felt any sentimental emotions, but in the spiritual realm, heavens rejoiced and God’s Holy Spirit confirmed the seal upon my life —as belonging to God’s sheep.
16 After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him,
17 and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”
Emphasis: And Jesus came up immediately from the water!
4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection,
6 knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;
7 for he who has died is freed from sin.
8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,
9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him.
10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.
11 Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts,
13 and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.
14 For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
Indeed, now, may God’s Holy Spirit dwell richly in me in all wisdom, and at all times; to do His will and carry out His work till…. am outta here!
Okay… Let’s just be honest, whenever most people hear anything about religion, their first reaction and instinct is probably to cringe or brush off the whole matter entirely.
Why? Most likely because it is a subject that is associated with extreme cases of fanaticism, it brings about a lot of conflicts and controversies, and even offends easily.
Religion is famously known for: manipulation, stagnation, repression, ignorance, bigotry and is too often a threat to liberty. And rightly so. I do agree. With that said, I recommend you to read two of my posts as well as encourage you to do a personal, extensive, and honest research on your own regarding this matter. Why?
As intellectuals (critical thinkers), I believe we owe it to ourselves to interrogate, examine, and ask hard questions regarding matters touching on faith rather than choosing to ignore them or even worse— follow blind faith. Click here for the first post.
Who speaks the truth with regards to a genuine, sincere and true relationship with God? Is it Buddha? Mohammed? Jesus? Zoroaster? Confucius? Joseph Smith? Guru Nanak? Krishna? Among others? Find out on this second post:
My heart overflows with a goodly matter; I speak the things which I have made touching the king: My tongue is the pen of a ready writer. Psalms 45:1
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