Inherent in our nature as human being is our pull toward sin. As creatures who can sense pleasure, we are drawn to sin in a variety of ways. Also inherent in us is the conscious that tells us right from wrong. Some sin simply occurs – think about the word that slips out when you stub your toe really bad. But most sin has been mulled over and the consequences weighed.
Present in our world is also God. God was before the first word was spoken that began the process of creation. God has been present in every death and in every birth and in every moment in between. Each and every day of our lives, God has been present in our worlds.
For all of us, God was present in the delivery room in the miracle of our birth. A short time later most of us were initiated into the family of God as we were baptized. for most of us, this was a decision made for us, but a decision made nonetheless. And just like all else with God, He does not force us to continue to choose faith and to walk daily with Him. He allows us to zig and zag, to wander and to return back. We are always welcome when we return back home to God.
When we reconnect back to God, we are renewing those vows made for us long ago, but each time as a choice we are making when we return. We return and accept faith, believing that He will go with us each day forward. On this “Baptism of the Lord” Sunday, may we too remember our baptism and be glad.
Scripture reference: Mark 1: 4-11