Today’s guest post is from Gloria Furman, a busy mom, author, blogger, and passionate follower of Jesus Christ. In 2008, Furman moved to the Middle East with her husband and young daughter to plant Redeemer Church of Dubai. Since then, she’s had three more children, written two books, and been named one of Vyrso’s top authors to watch in 2014.
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“Down, dooown. Up! UP!”
My three-year-old was deeply concerned for the young woman who waded into the shallow end of the swimming pool.
Although he had seen dozens of people being baptized in his short life, this time it was different. The young woman in the water was his favorite babysitter.
Moments earlier, Bethany had stood on the platform with a microphone and shared her testimony. She had been raised in a Christian home and regularly attended church with her family. When she was a young teen, she came to understand that she was a sinner, and that her sin separated her from our holy God. Our heavenly father used several circumstances in her life to show her just how much she needed Jesus to be her hiding place from the just wrath of God against her sin. My young children sat at the edge of the pool and listened to her story with rapt attention.
After Bethany was baptized, the two elders brought her up out of the water and she sloshed her way over to the steps. I heard my three-year-old exhale loudly, “Wow!” The thought occurred to me that his observation and response to baptism were spot on. We go down. God brings us up. And our words fall so short that our hearts just say, “Wow!” In our baptism we’re essentially showing the world what has happened to us in Christ. Romans 6:4 says,
“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.”
That poolside scene made me think—I wonder how many times we miss the wonder of resurrected life in Christ? We expend so much energy getting ready to celebrate Easter because it’s right around the corner. But in reality, “Easter” is all the time, now, and forever. Two thousand years ago, God’s son was crucified in our place to pay for our sin, the father raised him from the dead, and his spirit now abides in us forever and has sealed us as God’s forever.
Some days I go about my life as though I’m waiting for Jesus to be raised from the dead. But he is alive! The power of canceled sin is broken. And because of our union with Jesus, by faith we have been called into an actual sharing of his life. This is true on Sunday morning, Tuesday midnight, and Friday when you’re staring at the clock waiting for the weekend. Because of Christ’s work on the cross and his triumphant resurrection from the dead, we can carry that “Wow!” about in our hearts everywhere we go. We can be about what we’re going to be about thirty trillion years from now. Seeing and savoring Jesus every day.
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Today’s guest post is from Gloria Furman, a busy mom, author, blogger, and passionate follower of Jesus Christ. In 2008, Furman moved to the Middle East with her husband and young daughter to plant Redeemer Church of Dubai. Since then, she’s had three more children, written two books, and been named one of Vyrso’s top […]