My Baptism Today

This morning I awoke to clear blue sky – it was a truly beautiful sight. I knew that today was the day I would be sealing my discipleship of Jesus Christ, and having my sins symbolically washed clean via the sacrament of baptism. I was of course nervous, but engulfing that anxiety was a sense of peace and a trust in God.

When I got to the church, my father was waiting on the steps by the entrance. We embraced and he told me he had had an amazingly smooth journey to London. Praise God! Looking up to the sunshiny sky we shared that famous scripture together: “This is the day that the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24).

My father was baptised as a child. My mother, who passed away in 2003, was an atheist. My parents made the decision that they wouldn’t baptise my sister and I as children; they would let us grow up and decide for ourselves whether or not to become Christians. I respect that decision that my parents made.

The church service today was so wonderful. The worship songs were glorious, the sermon was inspiring, my baptism was beautiful, and the Holy Communion was such a blessing. The scripture that was the focus of the service was this: “I am not ashamed of the Gospel for it is the power of God for anyone who believes.” (Romans 1:16).

I have a long way to go on my journey to understand the Word of God and to live in the way that Jesus instructed. But I trust in the power of the Holy Spirit to guide me day by day, and little by little, to reveal God’s truth to me. I am anticipating that I may have struggles at times, but my prayer is that I will not stray from Biblical teaching and will continue to be inspired by the Gospel.

Just before my baptism, I read out a prayer to the church that I wrote when I woke up this morning. I would like to share it with you, in the hope that it encourages you and blesses you:

Today, Almighty Father, I give you thanks.

Thank you for the gospel, Lord, which is salvation unto all who believe.

Thank you Lord for restoring my faith in your beloved Son, in whom you are well pleased.

Thank you Lord, that though I am a wretched sinner, your wrath does not burn against me, but instead Lord you have made a way to salvation by the blood of the lamb.

Today Lord I beg you for mercy and ask that you would cleanse me of my sins in the blessed name of Jesus.

Please bless this church Lord and all who are gathered here today in your name.

We love you, Heavenly Father, and may all honour and glory be yours forever and ever.

Amen.

This is just a short blog post, but in truth, I could write a book about today. So many happy memories to cherish for the rest of my life. In fact, I think this was the best day of my life. Glory to God in Highest Heaven! Thank you for reading, and feel free to leave a comment below.

11 comments

  1. Beautiful Steven, thank you for writing such a heart felt and very moving account of your special day (I almost cried reading it!). Again, I am so happy for you. God is great indeed! Love Rose xxx

  2. Steven, I’m so pleased that today meant so much to you. Your prayer shows humility and gratitude to ‘The One’ to whom we owe everything. You will have caused God to smile; and what better feeling could you experience than the joy of knowing that? You are at the start of a wonderful journey into life as God intended for those who truly love and believe in Him.

    Best – Jan

  3. Thank you Steven for sharing your experience with all who follow your blog. I’m so pleased that you overcame your anxiety to be baptised.

    The real work starts now. Good deeds are more important than good words and intentions, so I guess you’ll have to overcome your shyness to show friendship to all the people you meet, as Christ did, and not just other Christians? If you can manage that for the love of the Trinity, and not as a way of buying your way into unification with it, that would be good!

    Yours in Christ, Saviour of all mankind,

    Dinos

    1. Hi Dinos,

      Thank you for your kind words about my baptism.

      I’m not ashamed of any shyness I might have, for it is better to be shy and humble than bold and arrogant. Many important Biblical figures (Moses, St Paul) were shy people. It is not my strength but God’s strength working in me that will help me to share the Gospel.

      I hope all is well with you Dinos, and that your mother is coping OK.

      Peace to you and have a blessed week,

      Steven

  4. Wonderful. Though related to Christ arising from the grave, the following refrain also fits the newly baptised individual emerging from the water: ‘Up from the grave he arose, with a might triumph o’er your foes…’

  5. Hello Steven! Welcome to the wonderful family of our God! As you grow in Him, you will discover how truly awesome, loving and forgiving He is! Yes, many times you will mess up and fall down. Just reach out, grasp the hand of Jesus and get back up. Shake off the grime of this world and begin to walk towards the goal. There are briers and brambles along this narrow pathway, but keep your eyes on the prize. Satan is always watching for any mistake so he can point it out and try to drag you down. When you do, tell him, in no uncertain terms, to get away in the name of Jesus, and he will. He will always be watching, so cover yourself. I speak from the experience of a life in and of this world, and the call of my Father when I was 58 years old. When you catch up to my almost 70 years, you can call me what you want, grin! Right now, you can just call me, Nettie!
    Love from a sister to a brother in Christ Jesus

    1. Dear Nettie, what a lovely comment, it’s a pleasure to meet you and thank you for stopping by! I fully respect your years of experience in your walk with God and I know there is so much more for me to learn. I have a wonderful ‘One Year Bible’ which I read at the start of each day and that keeps me focused on the Lord. I always pray for the blood of Jesus to be as a covering over my life to protect me from all evil.

      Any time you have a prayer request, Nettie, feel free to stop by and let me know. I hope to stay in touch.

      Love to you! From Steven x

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