Yesterday many of our friends and some family gathered at our home to celebrate a very special occasion. Our youngest son, Sammy, was baptized by Eric in our pool. We are so proud of Sammy and his decision to accept Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. While Sammy may only be 7, he understood his decision. We have seen evidence of that in his every day life and walk with the Lord.
|My sweet baby boy (who is not really a baby anymore!).|
|A delicious cupcake cake. Yes, congratulations to Sammy!|
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
Eric is an ordained minister and had baptized Jeremiah and Elijah at our old home about 3 years ago. Ever since that day Sammy knew that when he had accepted Jesus and was ready to be baptized, he wanted his daddy to be the one to baptize him. While Sammy had actually prayed to accept Jesus over a year ago we wanted to allow some time to pass to see if Sammy truly understood the enormity of the decision he had made. One cold Sunday morning back in late January while Eric was out on the road, that little boy turned to me at the end of a church service and said that he needed to speak with Pastor Scott (our church's youth pastor). When I asked why he said, "Because I want everyone to know that I have Jesus in my heart!". So I took Sammy up front and it was announced in front of our church family that Sammy had Jesus in his heart.
And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.
1 John 4:14
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, "Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven ?" And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, "Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. "Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. "And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.