Marks of Disciples – Fri – 22-10-14

Decades ago, I was baptized into Jesus Christ. I remember going forward at the end of the Sunday church service, making a statement of faith, changing into a white robe and being immersed. But it didn’t just happen. I didn’t suddenly wake up one morning and decide to get baptized at church.  It required other people. I listened to ministers preach about Jesus – more than once. While at summer camp, I discussed my search for forgiveness with another person. My brother and sister, back at home, talked to a different person the same day about faith in Jesus. When I called from camp to discuss my decision, I learned they had also decided to follow Jesus. We agreed to get baptized on Sunday. When we went forward, our father also responded. A friend baptized us all on the same day.

But it wouldn’t have happened without people sharing the message of Jesus. I am so thankful they did. They were living the words of Matthew 28:18-20, ‘Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”’ (NIV)

Keep sharing the message of Jesus. Others will be thankful you did.

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