Day 207 - FOUNDATION STONES IN A YEAR
Reading: Romans 6:3-4, Galatians 2:20
Maturity. Change of identity. Lifestyle to follow. Now that you understand how baptisms work in principle, let’s move on to the first, and all-important baptism, baptism into Christ.
God has so much more in store for you than you can ever imagine, but first you need to understand who you are now that you have been put into Christ.
When you are reconciled to him, you become a child of the light, you move from death to life. Paul says that you are baptized with Christ into his death, and in the same way, raised with him into new life – there is a literal change of identity. The indwelling Spirit is the down payment, or deposit, of the new life.
Being baptized in water is only a symbol or outward representation of this. The problem with this outward symbol is that because you do it at the start of your journey and it’s a once-off event, you can easily forget that the symbol is a declaration of being baptized into Christ every moment of every. It is the prophetic action that declares that you have entered into an entirely new life.
You are in Christ, ongoingly. Now and forever.
Father, I have pledged to others that I am a new person in Christ. I am Your child. My heart overflows with thanksgiving for this great work that You have done – this great reconciliation. My mouth sings praises to You, Glorious God!!! May I remember to come to You each day as my beloved Father and give thanks for this glorious work You have done in me through Christ!
For the family
When you are praying with your children before bed, explain to them that if they believe that Jesus is God and man that died for the sins of all mankind, that God puts new LIFE inside of their beings by his Spirit. And that makes them his children. That means the old life of sin is no more, and the new life in Christ is now the one we live out each day.
You can use the duvet or blanket and cover yourself with it. Show them that in the same way, you are covered over and immersed in Christ. You can’t see the old person anymore, only the blanket. That’s how God sees us now – he can only see Christ, and our new life and identity in Christ, as his child.