This past weekend Clare was one of 30 people who were baptized as a proclamation that Jesus is the Lord and Savior of their life and their identity is in him. Check out her story below:
I’ve grown up in a wonderful Christian home. From before I could walk or talk, my parents taught me about Christ. I learned that I, along with all other humans, had a problem. That problem was called sin, and it was all the wrong things I had done and would ever do. I also learned that there was a man named Jesus. He was God’s son. He came to earth and lived a perfect life, and then died on a cross to take the punishment for my sin. He did this because he loved me. He didn’t stay dead, though. On the third day, he rose again, defeating death and making it possible for all who believe in him, and what he did, to live in heaven with him when we die here on earth. All I had to do to get the free gift of eternal life was to confess my sin and ask Jesus to come into my life.
I made that decision on July 19, 2009. I loved Jesus, and I did genuinely believe in Him. I was the kid in church who knew every answer and knew all the Bible stories by heart. I could tell you that if you prayed to accept Jesus into your heart you’d be saved. I read my Bible everyday. I would tell my friends about the Lord. I was “the Christian kid.” However, looking back now, I realize that I believed fully in Jesus with my head and not completely with my heart.
This led to me placing my identity in my academic performance, athletic performance, and even my performance on my Fitbit. I was trying to fill up the “Jesus-size” hole in my heart with how well I did or how good I was, and it wasn’t working. I remember trying to get 10,000 steps each day, working and striving to reach my goal. It was always at the back of my mind. I remember even when I would get 10,000, feeling empty and discontent. Even though I didn’t realize it at the time, it was because I was letting my performance, not Jesus, be my identity.
That has changed, really in the past year. I have re-committed my life to Christ. I have decided that I want Jesus to define me. I want my faith to be what I believe, not just what my parents have put their faith in. I’m done borrowing my faith, I want to own it. I no longer perform in order to be content. My performance is all to bring glory to the sweet and glorious name of Jesus. Jesus gave me everything, and I have nothing that isn’t because of Him. Jesus is my hope, my strength, my peace, my comfort, my rock, my provider, my courage, my love, my comfort, my joy, my confidant, my daddy, and my best friend. He is what defines me and he is my identity!
I am being baptized to publicly proclaim that Jesus is the Lord of my life, the one my worth is found in, and everything I have is in him!
Baptism at Grace
During all worship gatherings on Baptism Weekends, we celebrate the very reason we exist as a church: Christ’s mission to make disciples, baptizing and teaching in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28: 19-20). We share testimonies of how Jesus changes lives now and for eternity. And the best part… we baptize with a joy that’s out of this world!