When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.” Luke 3:21-22
God CALLS us to do many things. Reading my Bible each morning, I slowly hear what He’s telling me to do. Every year I read the story of Jesus’ baptism, I’d wonder, “Why did Jesus need to be baptized? He was perfect and without sin?” Then God showed me that Jesus did this to be a model for us and to fulfill all righteousness (Matthew 3:15).
Just as Jesus didn’t need to pray to the Father (He was One with the Father!), He prayed to set a pattern for us of prayer, that we should walk in His steps. And so I follow Jesus’ example in prayer and in baptism.
On a very cold January Sunday in Montana, I was blessed to be baptized with my family. This was a CALL a long time coming. We had all been baptized as infants and grew up in church. But this day we proclaimed, “We believe in YOU Jesus, we belong to YOU, please wash away our old selves and make us new creations.”
I claimed John 12:24 as my baptism verse…Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. We were the wheat being buried in the ground in baptism. I prayed that I could be like that grain of wheat and produce much fruit for Jesus.
On this day God’s baptismal CALL for me was fulfilled. I was dunked in my TEA CUPP. All my thanking, exalting, admitting, calling, understanding, promising, petitioning…all my prayers were there that day. He washed me in His Word, as I gave my life again to JESUS, because He first gave His life for me. Oh Jesus, help us bear fruit for you!
Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4
Today’s TEA CUPP: Is God calling you to be baptized? Talk to your pastor about this big step of faith. Is He calling you to renew your belief in Him by joining a church? Keep digging deeper into your Bible, praying to Jesus about what He is calling you to do.
Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. Revelation 22:14
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.