Preaching on the baptism of Jesus yesterday, I focused on encouraged my congregation to that baptism means serious business. God is serious about baptism, and so should we be.
Too much of American Christianity has become “live like you want and ask for forgiveness at the end of the day.” This is not the life we are baptized into.
Rather, we are baptized into lives of loving God and neighbor. This means active loving; caring for others, treating them as we would be treated. Being a discple also mean loving our enemies, turning the other cheek, forgiving them 70 times 7 times (for a start).
It means once and for all Christians no longer saying, “Don’t look at me, look at Jesus.” Baptism means that we ought to be saying, like Paul said, “follow my example.”
“It’s hard,” most of us whine, having tried occasionally actually to follow Jesus. Very occasionally.
Let me share some news about Eliza. She is 7 1/2 months old. She started rolling over consistently about 3 weeks ago. here mom and I are really excited. Some babies get the rolling over thing down much sooner.
So it took her a while. She gave up many times; decided she would rather lie there, or that she would cry for help until one of us would rescue her. just like a Christian.
How many of you still have issues with rolling over?
That’s what I thought.
Go follow Jesus today.