Exactly what change does baptism bring? Spiritually, baptism is a renewal of our souls. It is a cleansing of past sins, so that the doors of heaven will become open to us and we will gain access to the greatest resource we could ever have: the ability to commune with our one true God through the mediator, Jesus Christ. But along with the spiritual change, baptism also has a physical change that we may not think of.
This physical change is not getting wet, but it is something that we can indeed see. Baptism demands a complete transformation to the way we view and live our lives. We are no longer people of the world, we are Christians--a living temple for the Holy Spirt of God. Where God is present there can be no room for sin and darkness because God is light, the demolisher of darkness and evil.
Despite this the corrupting negativity and darkness of the world still has a way of creeping into our daily lives. And just as a caterpillar doesn’t become a butterfly by magic, we as Christians need time and effort to become the beautiful spiritual butterflies that the Lord intended. One of the biggest ways we can help ourselves stay true to the Lord is to remember why we got baptized and fell in love with Him in the first place. When remembering God’s beauty, you will be reminded of the strength and love only He can provide you. As this occurs you will begin to act in a godlier way. Your actions will encourage you to love others and yourself as He does.
As you become a loving example of God to others and yourself, the world’s grip will loosen. No longer will you see yourself as intertwined in this world as once thought. The world may see a teacher, a woman, a man, a couple, a teen, and so on. Might you be these things? Yes, but the titles of the world no longer apply. First and foremost, the only title that will matter is Christian: a person who lives with faith and trust in God above all else.
Inspired by: John 6:43-51; Romans 6:5-11, 12:1-2; 1 John 3:16-23; Proverbs 16:9; Psalm 121:1-3; Romans 12:3-21; Hebrews 11:1, 7; Hebrews 12:1-2