This has been an exciting week. On Monday evening, we were sitting around our living room getting ready to say prayers together when someone ran off to do “one thing real quick” and I decided to ask a few Bible questions while we waited. I remember asking – who is the oldest man in the Bible, and how old was he? (Genesis 5:27) Then I asked about how someone becomes a Christian. The girls and Evan talked about repentance of sin and confessing Jesus as Lord, and baptism to have your sins washed away… to which Ethan replied “I want to be baptized”. Of course, he brought it up right at bedtime because that’s how he rolls… but I can tell you there was an instant smile on this daddy’s face. We sat and talked about why he wanted to, what it means, and the commitment he was making. Then I asked him when he wanted to be baptized. Someone suggested Sunday, someone else thought Christmas sounded like a good plan – but as we discussed things like – if you know you are sinful and separated from God and you believe that Jesus is the only way to the Father and are lost without him… why would you wait? He agreed and said “let’s do it now!” So, we sent out a few text messages and headed up to the building. It was great, and it still brings a smile to my face to think about how my boy is now my brother in Christ. This is something Mandy and I have been praying about since we found out we would be parents and that we continue to pray about for our other three!
But the week wasn’t over.
When Wednesday rolled around, I got a text message saying that Hope was going to be baptized that evening after service! She talked about how she just felt the call and knew that now was the time. She had talked with her parents and Faith, and Faith mentioned how she had told Hope “If you wait until you think you are ready, then it won’t ever happen.” So, Wednesday evening came and we watched Mike get to experience the joy of baptizing his baby girl, as Ramona took pictures and we all rejoiced!
I love it. I love every bit of watching someone process how Jesus died for their sins. It’s great to see them connect the dots to understand that they want to make Jesus Lord of their life. I love the family growing and thinking about what God is going to do through them in the future. It puts joy in my heart and a smile on my face because I know – God and all of heaven is rejoicing. One (or this week, two!) that was lost, is found. It’s exciting!
I wanted to share that, just so I could let you know as well – If you have been wondering about becoming a Christian or would like to know more, please don’t hesitate to ask. We would love to share the good news with you! And if you start to think about it today, don’t push it to the back of your mind. Take the time now to make a decision. We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and so if you believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died for the sins of the world… and are ready to call him Lord so that he can be your savior – then you are ready. Don’t wait until you think you have your act together or become a better person. Come to him for forgiveness now and let him help you on your journey to be better!
Striving alongside you for the prize,