One of the unique and powerful ideas found in the Christian faith is the idea of cleansing. Early in the Bible God used water to cleanse the earth – only Noah and his family survived to flood. The ides of water as cleansing agent is also picked up in the New Testament. John the Baptist uses the waters of the Jordan River to baptize people. People confessed their sins, were called to repentance, and were baptized. The water washed them clean.
Our baptisms cleanse us too, but more so they mark us as members of God’s family. For most Christian denominations baptism represents the formal declaration of belonging to Christ. For many denominations it is also the point at which God’s grace starts to work in and shape our lives.
God’s grace becomes what washes us clean. Through His death on the cross, Jesus conquered sin and death. In His resurrection He showed all that sin and death hold no power over His followers.
Through our baptism and the inflowing of grace that follows, we are called to walk as children of the light. Our call in the midst of a world that pursues so much else is to share our story of faith and the story of what He can do for all of mankind. As we learn to surrender more and more to His good will, we grow to live more and more into the life we were first called to in our baptism.
Scripture reference: 2 Peter 3: 18-22