Monday, January 11, 2010

Malachi's Baptism

Yesterday, we had the joy presenting our son to God through the sacrament of baptism. Of course, Malachi will have no memory of this day. He did not choose to be baptized and he will only know of it by watching this video and listening to our words of explanation about its significance when he is older. But we do not believe that lessens the significance of this day.

In fact, we believe that baptizing our son at this very young age is a testament to the extraordinary grace of God. It is a reminder that God's grace is not dependent upon us. Yes, we have to accept it and we will rejoice as Malachi comes to know and accept God's grace throughout the rest of his life. However, it is a basic tenet of the Christian faith that God is always reaching out to us before we even know that we should be searching for him. Indeed, we could not even have the freedom to choose God were it not for his grace first breaking the chains that hold captive our will. Malachi's baptism as an infant is a symbol of God's love and acceptance of him even before Malachi can return that love and acceptance.

Malachi's baptism is also a promise on our part, both Jess and I and our church family, to raise Malachi to understand the significance of this day. We know that God's grace and love has come to us through the discipling we received from our families and church families. We now commit to doing the same for Malachi so that he too can know the joy of serving Christ as Lord and Savior.

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