"Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off- for all whom the Lord our God will call." Acts 2:38-39
This morning I was baptized.
I have been wanting this and preparing my heart for this for a long time.
I was raised in the Catholic church and baptized as a baby. I am so grateful to my parents for bringing me up in a loving church and the tradition that I learned will forever be a part of my life. Although I attended church every week, in high school I started to question my routine. Going to college exposed me to so many other denominations and I love what I found. I found people that I could relate to, celebrating and living a life for Jesus in real and tangible ways. I connected to this kind of faith, but I was hesitant to give up my Catholic background.
I spent most of college attending mass Sunday mornings and then a non-denominational service Sunday evenings. I don't know where or when, but I slowly started to drift from the Catholic church and develop a relationship with Jesus that I had never known before.
The relationship I have with Jesus is not the same as it was when I was little. The faith I have is a trust in an approachable, loving God, instead of the faith I feel I had in ceremony and tradition.
I was baptized this morning and was made a new creation in Jesus. I wasn't baptized as a member of a denomination or of a religion. I was baptized as a child of Christ and as someone who wants to live radically and fully for the Lord.
I have asked Jesus into my heart time and time again and have gone astray even more times than that. But today I made a commitment to myself and to my Father that for as long as he has planned for me on earth, I will keep seeking, keep trying, keep traveling toward Him.
I will struggle. I will sin. I am forgiven. I am washed clean.
"Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved." Mark 16:15-16