"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile." Romans 1:16
This past Sunday, I baptized my youngest child, Jonah. What a blessing to know that God has stirred the heart of my child and saved his soul! What a blessing to be able to share in that joy with him and to be able to share in the joy of his baptism! As I stood with him just before the service began, I could see the excitement in his face. I could hear it in his voice as we talked. I could feel it in his hands as we prayed. Jonah was overflowing with joy from the Lord and passion for the Lord. He was not ashamed to tell the world of his decision for Jesus. As I embraced him and told him I loved him, I remembered the time when God spoke to my heart and saved my soul. I remembered the excitement and the passion I had when I stood to be baptized in front of my church family. That joy, that excitement, and that passion is something we should all have as Christ followers. And it is something that we should never get over or lose. I know that life happens...the ups and the downs and the in betweens...but we can always remember and acknowledge the fact that without Jesus we were doomed and destined for an eternity separated from God, an eternity in hell. Praise God and thank God for Jesus! Jesus lived and died and rose again for us! This past Sunday, as I stood to baptize my son Jonah upon his profession of faith, I also prayed a prayer of repentance for myself. I asked God to forgive me for my lack of joy, my lack of excitement, and my lack of passion for Him. I asked God to forgive me for just going through the motions physically, emotionally, and spiritually with Him. I prayed for God to restore to me the joy of His salvation. I prayed for God to fan the flames of my heart for Him. I am not ashamed of the gospel! I want people to be able to see the joy, the excitement, and the passion that I have for the Lord. I want people to be able to see it the way I saw it in my son this past Sunday. Thank you, Lord, for saving my soul! May I never get over it, and may I always show it!