Many people ask me, “Why should I get baptized? What is the point of it?” Well, baptism is the public declaration of your faith in Jesus Christ, making Him the Lord of your life. By going under the water, you are choosing to wash away your sins and your old ways, your dirt and your shame. And when you rise up, having been cleansed by the water, your stains have been made whiter than snow by His amazing grace. Baptism in itself does not ensure salvation, but baptism is the physical act of the living water bringing the dead to life.
Although I was baptized as a baby, raised in a Christian home, and have been a Christ follower my whole life, I decided to be re-baptized last spring at the Chi Alpha baptism service. I made this decision because since coming to college I have truly made my faith my own. I have made it clear that my faith is no longer dependent on my parents or the people around me. Being baptized last spring was an opportunity to publicly rid myself of my past and step out in complete faith; giving my heart to Him completely.
Last spring, God was teaching me a lot about what it looks like to walk in obedience to Him, each and every day. He started to show me that where He is calling me is not the point. The point is whether I am willing to trust Him and go wherever He is calling me. It’s about deciding whether I am going to make the choice to follow Him obediently and completely, or not.
As I stepped out in faith and publicly committed my life to the Lord through water baptism, I was really committing to walking with Him whole-heartedly and following Him obediently. I was making Him the center of my life for real that time, and not just saying it and going through the motions as I usually did as a ‘regular church kid’. April 10th was the day that I seriously yet joyfully gave Him my everything; every situation, every fear, every triumph, every hope. He has all of me. My whole heart. And I can tell you that my life has not been the same since I was baptized last spring. I find so much truth in the following lyric from Jordan Feliz’s song, “The River”:
“I’ve seen it move in my own life Took me from dusty roads into paradise All of my dirt, all of my shame Drowned in the streams that have made me born again"
WSU Chi Alpha Media Team Ministry Leader