I do realise that my baptism was almost more than two weeks ago and I’ve been a slacker (well not really re:exams) at blogging, but here are some photos and the dialog was my short testimony that I gave to the 70-odd people who turned up (no the people were not odd, but there was around 70 people!!)
He washed my sins away…
The first thing that came to my mind when I was asked to give my testimony was ‘ughh… I don’t have one to give!’
Well, that was a lie, because I’m about to give you my testimony.
I am a PK. A Pastor’s kid or Preacher’s kid. This, needless to say, means that I grew up in a Christian family with loving parents who never failed to share the gospel with me. I think a lot of people were surprised that I wasn’t baptised as a kid, but my parents have always told me that it had to be my decision- that it was up to me to commit to following God my whole life.
And here I am, ready to be baptised in REALLY COLD water in front of all of you.
So what led me to this point?
I don’t have a moment where I got zapped by a lightning bolt and suddenly became a Christian. Sometimes I wish I did have a moment like that (it would make giving a testimony easier), but then again I don’t really like storms much. I much prefer steady rain, which is the way I would describe my walk with God. It happens over a longer period of time, but it’s by no means less significant.
I’ve would’ve told you I was a Christian from the time a talk (which was a while back), but I would say that this year has been a big step in my faith that I will never forget.
At some point I seemed to realise that God was putting all this effort into loving me, and the very least I could do was try loving him back. So I began to read my Bible more with the aim to make my relationship with God more real. And now, for me, it really is. God is best friend and my heavenly father and I’m always in awe of what he’s done for me. If there’s one thing I have grasped this past year it’s just how much I really do need God’s grace.
God’s grace has covered all my sins. That’s a lot of sins- but it’s even more grace.
So it’s not much of a testimony, but I don’t really need much more of one. Today I can tell you that I am getting baptised because I am going to live my whole life for God. My testimony is my whole life so far. And it’s the rest of my life to come, too.
I want to conclude by sharing a Bible verse that’s become my favourite- Romans 8: 38 and 39
‘For neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
my great Christian sisters (who will both be at sydney missionary and bible college next year) got wet with me...
And yes, the water was cold...
but it was refreshing. And i couldn't have asked for a more beautiful baptism day, or family watching :) my cheeks hurt from smiling afterwards!! thankyou those who were there!