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
We’ve been under The Water for 10 years now. This weekend marks ten years since our believer’s baptism in Christ Jesus. Ten years under His cover and forgiveness. Ten years under His mercy and grace. Ten years under His unfailing love.
What a joy that was to be baptized with my family, just like Lydia in Acts 16:15. Our son Jacob took his faith to college, serving in Campus Crusade for Christ as a missionary. Our son Kevin is now studying at Bible College. My husband Kent and I are raising up our gift from God who came exactly nine months after our baptism. We still pray for how we can be bright lights for Jesus in this world that needs Him so much.
Today we are even closer to Jesus’s return than we were a decade ago (Romans 13:11). Oh, how I pray that all you dear ladies may be under His Water and care, too. I share again the devotion I wrote ten years ago (many of you have read this in my first book, My TEA CUPP Prayers).
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).
And so we followed Jesus’ example… 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: Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38 (NKJV)
And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord. Acts 22:16 (NKJV)
He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16:16 (NKJV)
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 (NKJV)
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 (NKJV)
...for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. Romans 13:11 (NKJV)
Scripture from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.