What an amazing weekend... We had the privilege of seeing people make a public profession of faith which was the result of the saving work of Christ.
I wonder if our baptism, while a wonderful event in our lives, doesn't get cut off short of the implications it has in the whole of our lives. I think about the celebration that happens when we are baptized, and we are congratulated, and cheered on, and hugged, and people cheer and we cry. All very called for things... But then Monday rolls around, and it is six years later, and we sometimes forget that our public profession doesn't cease because the event of baptism is over.
I wonder how our baptism as a subsequent result of Christ's saving us should look as we live purified, holy, lives? Like, when we have the opportunity to go to our place of work. When we go to our job, are we walking through the doors of our workplace not just to trade our labor for a paycheck (which is part of the reason we are there - 2 Thess 3:10) but also to show the life that has been washed clean by The Blood of Christ? When we speak to our spouse and our kids, are we speaking with a baptized understanding of how we should portray the changed life of one cleansed from the inside out by the Holy Spirit? What about our thought life? What about with our sexuality? What about with the money that we have that we work for, but understand that it is put on loan from God? Where does our public profession come in with these things?
The Apostle Paul gives an explanation to the reality of what it looks like to be alive in Christ, which is the symbolism of our being baptized. It is found in Colossians 2:9-14
9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. 11 In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.
It is good to always consider that covenants that we have made, particularly the ones with God. Live in the life that Christ has blessed you with, and remember the baptism that is only significant because of Christ, and our following Him.