I was baptized last Sunday.
This is the testimony I read right before:
I was raised in a church, baptized as an infant, and can’t remember a time when I didn’t have a relationship with God. It seemed foolish to want to get baptized at the age of 33.
But a new relationship with Christ has been surfacing within me. One evening a few months ago, Mike ---and I started talking about the bible. He shared some passages with me that I had never given a passing glance to, but he talked about them with such passion and excitement and shed a different light on them. It opened my eyes to the sheer volume of information that is available to me if I would only open up the bible and start reading it. I left Mike's house thinking “I want to be that on fire for Jesus. I want to be that passionate about the bible”. So I opened up my bible to page one and started reading. I don’t know why it took me so many years to do that or why it became so apparent that I should do that during my conversation with Mike, but God puts people in our path to inspire us at just the perfect moment.
I am overwhelmed by how it is changing my life. There are so many things I’m learning, so many truths being uncovered or confirmed. Now I am a bottomless pit for more knowledge, for more understanding. I just finished reading Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ and I was astounded at the amount of evidence for Christ being a real person who really walked this earth and died for our sins and was truly resurrected. Now this is silly because I’ve always believed these things. But now they’re being revealed to me in a whole new amazing way.
I’ve been a believer through emotion and faith. Now I’m also a believer through evidence and facts. So it really is like there’s a new believer being discovered in me, and it is so exciting. I find that I want to talk about the bible or Jesus with everyone!
So I wanted to make the choice as an adult to be baptized, but I had doubts and personal obstacles to overcome. I didn’t want to seem foolish or self-indulgent. I didn’t want to be thought of as the believer of 33 years who gets baptized just for appearances. But Kent shared a scripture with me that clinched the deal and I’d like to share it with you. Written by Paul in 1st Corinthians chapter 1 verses 27-31: 27:
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29so that no one may boast before him. 30It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord".
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