“Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into Christ’s body by one Spirit, and we have all received the same Spirit.”
God wants a family, and he created us to be a part of it. Our families on earth are wonderful gifts from God, but they are temporary & fragile—Our spiritual family, our relationship with other believers, are even more important as they will continue throughout eternity.
Benefits of being in God’s family: “First, we will get to be with God forever. Second, we will be completely changed to be like Christ. Third, we will be freed from all pain, death, suffering. Fourth, we will be rewarded & reassigned positions of service. Fifth, we will get to share in Christ’s glory.” –Paul. What an inheritance! We are far richer than we realize.
Baptism: Identifying with God’s family. This signifies our inclusion in God’s family, publicly announcing to the world, “I am not ashamed to be a part of God’s family”.
Why is Baptism so important? It symbolizes God’s second purpose for our lives—participating in the fellowship of God’s eternal family. Baptism declares our faith, shares Christ’s burial & resurrection, symbolizes our death to our old life, announces our new life in Christ.
Life’s Greatest Privilege: Baptism is a celebration of our inclusion in God’s family, which is the highest honor & the greatest privilege we will ever receive. It doesn’t make us a member of God’s family; it shows we are a part of His family.
Whenever we feel unimportant, unloved, or insecure, remember to whom we belong.
Question to Consider: How can I start treating other believers like members of my own family? I think we do that everyday whether thru chanting in church together on Sundays & other holy days, when we participate in the baptism of a child, or in any of the other sacraments, thru our Bible study groups, when we discuss on this blog. I think Warren asks this question to impress on us to go the extra mile in our daily life– to offer to the stranger that we meet, what we offer to our own family members—love, compassion, a helping hand, what Jesus showed us by his life on earth.
* We will be writing about what inspires us from each consecutive chapter of Warren’s Purpose Driven Life. If you read along with us, please share your inspirations. There’s no need to catch up, just jump right in.