David is getting baptized this morning! Read his story to find out how he came to identify in Christ.
My name is David Chow, and I am a son of the one true King. I grew up in a loving Christian family, went to church every Sunday, and I even remember accepting Christ to be my Savior at a very young age. But as a shy and introverted person, I spent many years trying to figure out my own identity.
I grew up in a school where I was a minority, both racially and religiously, and I hopped between two churches for a number of years in my youth, making it hard to get plugged in. I drew big divisions in my life – I had my school life and home/church life. They did not mix, and I was living two separate lives. At home, I would profess my love for God, but at school I would rarely talk about my faith or anything religious. As I found it hard finding Christian community at church, I depended on school for social interactions and I began identifying myself by the school I went to, the sports that I played, my ethnicity, among many other things. In high school and even the first year of college, I struggled with my faith. I was still consumed with trying to figure out where I fit in and who I wanted to be. I kept God out at arm’s distance, only asking Him for help when I needed something. I thought I had everything under control.
I have been so blessed to have my older brother, who I followed to Pittsburgh for college. He had paved the way and found a church home by the time I got there. While the first year I attended the church on Sundays, I continued my bad habit of separating church and school. It wasn’t until my second year in college that I remembered feeling lost, confused and unsatisfied.
“Where am I going in life?” “Did I choose the right path?” “Who am I?” were just a few of the questions I asked myself. I remember breaking down and praying to God that he would change my heart. I no longer knew what I wanted, but he was all I had left.
After I tried to identify with everything else, God brought me close and reminded me that I am first and foremost a child of God. Everything else in comparison is insignificant.
This transformation was not instant, and it is still ongoing. The conversations about religion and controversial topics that I used to avoid, I now cherish as opportunities to share my faith and my relationship with Jesus. I began serving and volunteering at the church in college, and for the first time in my life I had a Christian community. I believe that God puts us in situations for a reason. When I was younger, I didn’t feel welcome at the church and struggled finding community. This has given me a heart for serving others and connecting people in the church.
In 2 Corinthians 12:9-11, it says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in your weakness.” God has used one of my biggest weaknesses for His strength.
God is still teaching me how to make Jesus first in my heart in all aspects of my life, but one thing for certain is my identity is in him.
I am being baptized to outwardly profess that I trust Jesus to be my one and only Savior and that my identity is found solely in Christ Jesus. As Paul says in Philippians 3:8, “I count everything as loss, because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.”
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!