Reading:  Mark 16:16
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.


Have you accepted Christ as your personal Savior?

Yes? Wonderful! Have you been baptized? What’s that you say … “You’re praying about it?” You don’t have to pray about water baptism. It is not an option. Baptism is a commandment.

You wouldn’t pray about whether you should commit adultery or not, would you? Of course not … adultery is clearly covered in the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:14). Baptism is covered in Jesus’ final instruction to the church (Mark 16:16). It is a commandment; a first step. Everybody knows how important first steps are to a process or relationship. If we neglect God’s prescribed course for life, should it be any wonder that life doesn’t seem to work? If I leave a few footings out of the foundation, should I be surprised when the house caves in?

When you came to Christ and accepted His offer of salvation, the man you used to be died, and a new man was born. The corpse of the old man is to be buried in the waters of baptism (Romans 6:4). It is no wonder that many among us are spiritually weary and constantly struggling. Who wouldn’t be exhausted after a few days or years of dragging around a corpse? If you’ve missed the first step, see your pastor. Be baptized.


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