The most glorious event I can think of is seeing a person come to the point of recognizing their need of a Saviour and putting their faith in Jesus Christ for salvation. A very close second is seeing a person make that decision public by following the Lord Jesus in baptism.
Yesterday we had the joy of watching four individuals from our church enter the waters of baptism. Two were young ladies, and the other two were older gentlemen. It was a very hot afternoon in the church, but what a joy to hear these four people share how God had changed their lives, and how their desire is to walk with Jesus and continue to grow in Him.
Some other people who have had a special place in the lives of these individuals shared some special words of encouragement and challenge, not only to the ones submitting to baptism, but to all of us. Following the service inside, we proceeded outside to a tank that was set up behind the church. There, one by one, these four believers again expressed their faith in Jesus for salvation, and were immersed in the waters of baptism.
Baptism is truly a step of commitment. It is a public declaration, saying, "I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back." We rejoice with each of these special people and look forward to what God has for each them in the future.
Gordon Rowland has been a Missionary-Pastor with Village Missions of Canada for over 35 years. Gordon and his wife Val have lived and served in Clive since 2001. They have four children and nine wonderful grandchildren.