With that experience, it's a feeling where a new start is given and a commitment is being made to keep for a lifetime.
And I'm glad I wasn't alone. There are others who responded as well. We may have our stories on how we took heed of this call, but we shared the same aim to grow in faith.
When we make this decision, it becomes a significant part in our lives. It gives us the opportunity to openly testify to others of our born-again experience.
It's nice to see that water baptism symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It's also how we identify with Him in them. We identify with what happened to Him when we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
And this is important. Without making first this decision, water baptism would have no purpose. It is an experience after salvation to confirm and strengthen our commitment to live godly lives.
With water baptism, our minds are indelibly marked with the reality of our union with Christ. It brings us to the reality that we are crucified with Him, buried with Him and raised together with Him to walk in the newness of life.
When it was time for us to do so, we were baptized in the name of the Trinity. Then, we were immersed into the baptismal water. We are buried with Christ in baptism. We proclaim to heaven, earth and hell that our old self no longer exists. It died to sin just as Jesus did when He was made sin for us.
After that, we came up out of the water. We are raised to new life in Christ. We make Him Lord of every area of our lives. We’ve been bought with the blood of Jesus and we belong to Him. We fully commit to obey and follow Him. We are also willing to fulfill the purpose and plan He has for our lives.
Looking back, I can say that the work has been done and will be continued until the end.