Getting baptized is often a topic of much debate. Not so much between you and another person, but mostly it can be an inner conversation filled with dialog like; “Am I good enough?”, “I should probably know more before I get dunked.”, “I still need some time to figure this whole thing out.”, or even “Once I can convince my family to come and support me, I’ll get baptized.”
Here’s the deal, those are all valid thoughts. (Not what you thought we would say?) It seems like there can many factors that influence our decision about when to go public with our faith in Jesus. However, there is a word that Luke uses in the book of Acts that may offer a bit of clarity as to when is the right time to get baptized when someone says yes to finding and following Christ.
“At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized.” -Acts 16:33
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Yikes! Immediately? Like, any Sunday in September at Mission? Yep. Why so soon? Well, this is the model described for us. Let’s just lean into the story a little. The person who was immediately baptized was a prison guard, minutes removed from almost killing himself because he thought he was going to get fired from his job. Two jailed believers helped him find Christ in that moment. Imagine if they had then said, “Ok, cool, here’s a list of things to do before you’re able to get dunked. Let us know when you’re done.” Yeah, doesn’t really strike us as an “I’m all in to follow Jesus!” approach either.
With this story and others, the model is simple; believe, hit the button below, and be baptized.