Today is January 1, 2012. What a wonderful way to begin the new year with worshipping our Heavenly Father. Let’s think about this day, this year and our commitment to God.
First, have you made a commitment to God? Have you put on His name in the watery grave of baptism? Mark 16:15-15 states, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned”.
If you have not made this commitment yet, take a moment and think about your self, your life. Begin with thoughtful prayer and thoughtful study. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask. There is a book, Am I Ready to Be Baptized?, in the library if you would like to check this book out. This book is a great way to understand and see if you are ready to become a Christian.
If you have made this commitment what is your relationship now? Did you realize the commitment was to God and no one else? Did you change your thoughts and your ways? To truly repent, means to change your thoughts and your ways. To make a commitment to God means you understand that you are no longer in control of your life, but that God is in control and you are committed to Him. If you do not or did not understand this, there is nothing wrong with recommitting you life to God like I did. I was baptized at the age of 13 but it wasn’t until I was married with children that I really began to understand and I began questioning my relationship with God. I was baptized at 2 in the morning in 2006 because I truly had not changed my thoughts and my ways and I wanted to make myself right with God.
I know many people who have been baptized again. It is better to know for sure because we can know than to not.
Now you have made a wonderful commitment to God. What next? Now we continue to grow and study. We teach others whether in a classroom or person to person. We attend each time the doors are open. We get to know and love each other. We enjoy fellowships together. Most importantly, we introduce others to God and the church. These are just a few and is not a complete list. There is not a check list that you can make and then say I’ve done this and I’ve done that and I am done. Christianity is a constant work. It is a happy work. There is a great book, I Am A Christian, Now What that can help with this question. There is a copy in the library if you would like to check it out.