What does it feel like, the water? It’s been so long, I’ve forgotten what it felt like. The cleansing feel of an old life washed away by the cool and renewing, clean and new life.
The daily baptism isn’t about doing the right thing or being all Christ desires me to be, but emerges from an intense love for Jesus and seeking out those things in my life that are not consistent with His very nature. The immediate or Positional Sanctification happens the moment Christ enters into my life. The Progressive Sanctification takes more time. It is ongoing. It is happening with each scripture of Truth I read, each prayer that I pray, each parcel of Holy Spirit knowledge of God that I learn in my daily meditation. And as I grow in Christ, I should be displaying His characteristics and nature more and more. My awareness of my own sin will become greater and greater and though, I don’t necessarily believe the struggle NOT to sin decreases… my wiliness to let sin master my own soul will certainly wane as that battle between flesh and spirit grows until the inevitable moment where something has to give way. So my daily baptism becomes two-fold; one: to stand up and decide “this is right, this is wrong and though I may struggle, I will no longer tolerate living in the ignorance of my sin because Truth has revealed itself to me!” And two: I am standing before the world stating “This is who I believe. This is who I will follow” and, in doing so, I am giving the world – and everyone else – the right to judge whether my life is being consistently lived by the standards of God’s Holy Truth. Yes. It is a scary place to put one’s self, because nobody wants to be seen as a hypocrite. But Truth is Truth. And if we are to truly be followers of Jesus Christ, then we must begin standing each day to proclaim the Love of the Gospel and the Truth of our Savior. My daily baptism isn’t a condemnation of the sin of humanity, but a simple declaration of my own personal decision to begin moving away from my own sin in my own life. I admit that, while my Positional Sanctification is certainly secure in Christ, I fear the lack of obvious progress of my “Progressive” Sanctification may cause others from the outside looking in to question whether or not I really am saved. I’m confident of my eternal standing… but I’d like my life and the manner in which I live it to leave little doubt. This is a painful question that I wrestle with, quite honestly. But the daily baptism begins to lead me into a place where my Sanctification – once stalled out – begins it’s forward motion once again. I’m not doing “good things” to be seen as “good” or “justified” or “redeemed”. I’m not trying to add anything to my own salvation because I know that I can’t. I just want to be closer to God. As close as I can possible be.
Physically, I only need be baptized once. But Spiritually, well… it’s not a bad idea for me to daily baptize myself in His Holy Spirit, in prayer, in His Word, and in an intense desire and longing to move closer into the presence and knowledge of Him. Each day should be like that new baptism of God’s Spirit. It is upon us and we should be wary if we should ever grow tired and weary of His warmth in the midst of that daily baptism.
Just some things I’ve been pondering. Peace to you, today. Sean G.
Today’s Scripture: Isaiah 61:1-3
1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn;
3 to grant to those who mourn in Zion- to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.