Grace Student Kailee expresses a mature faith her post about figuring out what being a Christ-follower truly means. Celebrate with her and other students being baptized Mission Weekend!
“I remember officially accepting Jesus as my Savior when I was very young, maybe only six or seven, but it wasn’t until a year or so ago when I really started to act like He was my Savior. Previously, I have acted like being a Christian is something that I can get away with doing only once a week at church and following Jesus is something I only have to focus on during Sundays. It has taken me years to figure out that none of that is true, and that God must dominate the life of a true Christian in the best way possible. It was during the youth retreat Matchless when I first started approaching the concept that I might have to change how I was living my life in order to be a true follower of God.
As I started my first year in high school I sort of forgot the idea of what a true Christ follower is like and was consumed by the idea that I need people to like me, I need to be a good athlete, I need to get good grades and so on. I continued to live my life focused on the materialistic things the world has to offer. After months of feeling like I was always falling short of something bigger and never feeling satisfied with who I was, I started going back to the idea that I needed Jesus in the center of my life. If I do not let Jesus take hold of my heart and my life, that unfulfilled hole in my heart will always remain empty.
I began slowly paying more attention in church, taking the sermons that were spoken to heart. I slowly started praying more, for not just the big things, but the little things too. These changes did not happen quickly, and I’m still trying to improve today, but already I can see such a big difference in my life now that Jesus is in it. I’m so much happier knowing that God has a plan for me and that He’s looking out for me. I can outwardly speak of my faith with joy and without shame to my friends that don’t know Christ along with those who do. I look forward to spending time with Him, whether I’m at church or reading my Bible or praying because I know He has so much more to teach me.
The reason I want to get baptized is to tell my brothers and sisters in Christ that I am a follower of God. I want to tell the people around me that I love Jesus and that I am one of His disciples. As part of God’s creation, we cannot live our lives in denial of His role in our lives. We need Him to guide us and to be with us as we struggle and as we rejoice. Acts 2:38 says, “Then Peter said to them, ‘repent, and be baptized every one of you’”. God tells us that part of being a Christian is being baptized, and I feel that I am now being called to do just that.”
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!