Are you awash with wonder & delight?
Last Sunday morning Trevor baptised a person new to TGS and new to Christ (since Easter): Sarah Mason. The photo below (post–baptism) clearly shows her joy in the salvation God has so generously given to her. And … each of us should be the same!
The church in Ephesus, decades after Paul wrote ’Ephesians’ to them, had left their “first love“. Now whether that means they stopped loving Jesus above all else, or they’d abandoned the love they had for him at first … or both, the criticism is strong! And once you’ve been a Christian for years, unless we continue to be careful, we can fall into a trap of becoming less enthusiastic and a bit cynical: about other believers, about how much you might continue to grow in Christ. And, probably, about church in general.
But! Each of us needs to again be reminded that truths contained in baptism should make us full of joy and thankfulness at what God has done for and in us. He has saved us from eternal death in hell! He has rescued us from being Satan’s slaves, and slaves to sin! We were spiritually blind and deaf and dead and utterly incapable of doing anything about it.
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us … made us alive together with Christ … and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:4–6)
Wow! When each and every one of us who are regenerated (‘born–again’) Christians read this we should, stop, and thank and praise God. So, why don’t you do that right now, right where you are?
Paul was told: “And now why do you delay? Arise, and be baptised, and wash away your sins, calling on his name.” (Acts 22:16).
So he was and he did! Friends, if you are a Christian and you haven’t yet been baptised, then please contact Trevor, Chris or myself because we’d love to talk to you about you getting baptised.
But, for every Christian, we have been spiritually ‘washed’ by the Holy Spirit applying the merits of Christ’s death for us. And for us, born as sinners, to be ‘clean & pure’ in the sight of the holy, immortal God should lead us to be awash with wonder & delight!