Last week I wrote a blog about questions you should consider before you get baptized. Well, let’s say you’ve done all that, but you keep coming back to these thoughts:
“I am not good enough,” or “I don’t want to disappoint Him,” or maybe even, “How do I know I’m ready?”
Let’s tackle that first one: “I am not good enough.” You’re right, you’re not! You will never be good enough on your own. But isn’t that why Jesus died for you? He knew you would fail and mess up. He knew you would make mistakes and never be good enough. That’s why He’s good enough for you (2 Corinthians 5:21).
“I don’t want to disappoint Him.” Oh, honey, let me tell you, once you come out of those waters, you are seen as perfect and holy in God’s sight. Do you know that when God created you, He knew you were going to mess up and fail? He knew way before the creation of the world that you were going to sin and mess up. Your sin and mistakes are not a surprise to Him which is why Jesus died, so you would know you are loved and forgiven (Galatians 2:20).
“How do I know if I’m ready?” This is a question I feel all believers ask at one point or another. All I can say is this: When you become aware of your sin and realize you have messed up your relationship with God, and you want to serve the Lord for the rest of your life, you’re probably ready. Now ultimately, it’s between you and God. But this may be one way you can tell if you’re ready or not (Psalm 130:3-4).
To close out this blog I want to say: if you are still wondering if you’re ready to be baptized or not, please seek out an older, mature person who can help you. You can also pray and ask the Lord to reveal to you when you’re ready. I believe He will. Please also realize, your life does not have to be put together for you to get baptized. That is why Christ died, so He could help you put your life together, ultimately for His glory (John 1:4).
You did a great job on this week’s post! You are spot on about baptism, if you are ready, if you think you are not good enough, etc. Keep it up! 🙂 Let the Lord guide you in all you do.
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