Right now I am bursting to talk about what happened today.
Today I was able to baptize a new believer. She accepted Jesus March 4 and today she wanted to demonstrate that in front of the church, her friends, and her family members. God has done a mighty work in her life and she was able to share her story through the power of the Holy Spirit very eloquently and potently. This was a very, very special day for her that I know she'll never forget.
The other day my family was talking about baptism. My brother-in-law was baptized a couple years ago. I was baptized when I was 13. Someone asked my brother-in-law why he decided to be baptized and he was able to list the reasons why. When they asked me, I couldn't remember why. I was 13 and even though I believe it truly meant something, I don't remember it hardly at all. I almost envy those who are old enough to remember their baptism.
But not today. Today I do not envy them. Because though I may forget my own baptism day, I will never forget the first time I ever baptized someone.
After half a year of reading the Bible every day and feeling the strong call to obey Jesus, preach the gospel, make disciples, be a worker in the plentiful harvest...today felt so right. It was my first time baptizing someone and I don't want to ever stop. Today was a victorious day.
The day someone is baptized, the day you believe in Jesus, is a special, victorious day. Heaven rejoices! It's the beginning of a new chapter, the most vibrant and exciting chapter possible: life following Christ. It's the day you immediately go from the baptized to the baptizer. I know she would tell you that it ROCKS to be baptized. And I can tell you after being a baptizer today, it rocks. It seriously rocks.
Nothing beats obeying Jesus in this way.
Today is Saturday, the day before Easter. And I am convinced there was nothing better to do today than to be a baptizer, and for her there was nothing better than to be baptized.
"Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'"