Living Baptism

Daily reading: Psalm 46 & Acts 2:37-42
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Focus passage: 37 When the crowd heard this, they were deeply troubled. They said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?”
38 Peter replied, “Change your hearts and lives. Each of you must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 This promise is for you, your children, and for all who are far away—as many as the Lord our God invites.” 40 With many other words he testified to them and encouraged them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” 41 Those who accepted Peter’s message were baptized. God brought about three thousand people into the community on that day.

42 The believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to their shared meals, and to their prayers. (Acts 2:37-42)

For Martin Luther, one of the great Protestant reformers, baptism is to be embodied daily, it is a cleansing and renewal, if you will, of the forgiveness that we continually need.   Baptism then isn’t an event in time, it is never finished, it is rather the beginning and is something that we live into. 

Take time today to remember your baptism, that moment when you responded to God’s liberating action in your life.  Every time you touch, taste, hear and see water remember that you are named and claimed by God.


Prayer:  Today may I be ever mindful of my baptism, in every drop of water that I encounter.  May it remind me of Your deep and abiding love, Christ’s call to repent and practice forgiveness and for the Spirit’s ability to carve the landscape of my heart.  Amen. 

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