Last Sunday, we celebrated our friend Hannah’s baptism. It was incredible to hear her testimony and of our God’s work in her life thus far; clearly, this was an important day for her.
But it was for me too and maybe, you felt the same as you stood watching her get baptized.
I found myself becoming overwhelmed with emotions as I watched her receive baptism. Hannah was making a major declaration about the way she was going to live her life from then on. She was publicly declaring that Jesus is her Lord and Savior and that there is no other person that she would pursue from that time on. She was choosing, willingly, to love Him more than the world or anything in it.
So why were we getting emotional during her baptism?
Psalm 8:4 reads, “what is man that you are mindful of him and the son of man that you care for him?”
Who is Hannah that God would love her so much to bring her out of places of desperation, distraught, danger, and fear? Who is Hannah that she would have the privilege of walking the rest of her life with God as her protector, lover, and savior? And who are we that we would be privy to be witnesses of such a beautiful moment in Hannah’s life?
But see, that is the heart of our Lord.
He always gives us more than we deserve.
We, the church, were not just spectators in watching our friend get immersed in water and pulled up; we were experiencing God’s grace. We were not just celebrating with Hannah in what the Lord has done for her, but also in what He has done in our own lives and continues to do. He not only saved Hannah and gave her the courage to be obedient in taking baptism, He also gave us, the church, the privilege of being participants in His kingdom by being present, as we watched her receive baptism.
Does God have to give us anything?
But He always does, much more than we deserve, as such is the heart of our Lord.