I loved getting to celebrate with so many this past Sunday as kids, youth and adults came forward to be baptized. Baptism is a powerful moment in your life because it is a moment of going public with your faith and confessing Jesus before others. The Bible says that we are to not be ashamed of Jesus. Once we make that decision and we let others know about it, we are marked people. We now accept the blessings of Christ and the persecution that the world will bring at us just like it persecuted Jesus.
In Paul's first letter to Timothy in chapter 6 he writes, "12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses." So for us who have repented of our sins and been baptized into our new life that is hidden in Christ, we need to be ready to put on our armor today and to take hold of the eternal life given to us. Right before this verse Paul is warning Timothy about how the love of money is the root of all evil. Today, let's remember our confession before others, and be different from the world. Let's be people who love God and not money and who are ready and prepared to stand firm and not be moved for the cause of Christ.