Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. – 2 Corinthians 5:17
Since the day that both of our daughters were born we have been praying that they would develop a personal relationship with Jesus. As Christians, Philip and I know how important it is to have that relationship with the One True God. HE is the rock that we build our family on. HE is our light in the darkness. HE is our peace when hard times come. HE is our joy.
On January 21, 2017, Adilynn accepted Jesus as her personal savior! What an amazing day that was. She had been asking questions about salvation for many months before, but on this day she was ready to ask Him in to her heart. So, after our youngest daughter went to bed, Philip, Adilynn and I crawled up in our bed and we talked, cried, and prayed together. It will be a day I will never forget.
As Christians, we believe that the next step after salvation is baptism. We know that baptism is not what saves us, but it is an act of obedience that symbolizes our belief in Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection along with the burial of our old self as we continue life with our new self. It is also our way of telling people that we are followers of Jesus! Adilynn knew that after asking Jesus into her heart she needed to be baptized, however she chose to wait until our family from out of town could be here.
My family came in earlier this week from Georgia and Oklahoma and they were able to witness Adilynn’s baptism last night at church. It will be a day that I, and I know Adilynn, will never forget.
Salvation is a free gift that exceeds any material thing you could ever receive on this earth and you DO NOT have to do anything extreme or amazing in order to receive it. All you need to do is admit you are a sinner in need of a Savior, believe that Jesus died and rose again, and ask him to become the Lord of your life.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. -Romans 10:9