Don’t Let it Be For Nothing
Baptism is a wonderful moment. It is a moment worthy of celebration. And we should rejoice! After all, when there is a baptism we just gained a new brother or sister in Christ. Sins have been washed away. Someone has gone from death to life and from lost to found. I think that’s all beautiful. And I’m thankful that God has allowed me to be a part of many of these moments.
But I want to be clear about something. Baptism is NOT the end of the journey. If you’ve been baptized you’ve been a part of a wonderful moment, with many people cheering you on. But after that there will be many more moments. Moments with less people cheering you on. Moments when you have to keep on striving to do the will of God. Speaking to a group of Christians Paul says: “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed – not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence – continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12). We have to continue to work! We aren’t done yet! After baptism a lifetime of growth awaits. There will be many opportunities to bring glory to God – chances that we must seek to take. And if you give up then all the wonderful moments you have been a part of could end up being for nothing. Paul once said to the Galatians “I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you” (Galatians 4:11). You see? If you give up then all those good moments are wasted.
So I want to encourage you. I don’t want all of the Bible classes you’ve been to and sermons you’ve heard and all the efforts made to encourage you to be for nothing. That would be a sad end to wonderful story. That’s an ending I’ve seen too many times. Instead, listen to this: “Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure” (2 Peter 1:10). Live in a way worthy of the gospel of Christ! Then you can be confident that every good thing in your life will count for something. Stay faithful to the end so that the end of your story is a good one.