Commemorating baptismal anniversaries has recently become popular. There are many ways to celebrate: looking at photos, re-lighting our baptismal candle, taking part in a water-related activity, or placing flowers in our congregation. However, when Paul reminds us to remember our baptism, he isn’t suggesting we serve white frosted cupcakes for dessert once a year! Paul is urging baptized believers to live in the world as they are now, not as they used to be.
Most of us can remember a time when a parent or grandparent gave us the gentle reminder that “You know better than that,” or “That isn’t like you.” Hearing those words as a child sometimes stung more than any other consequence.
Through baptism, we are connected with Christ and promised a new life. Eternal life starts now, as Christ works through us to bless the world around us. Baptism isn’t just a past event in our lives. Being baptized is something that we can celebrate-and live out-every single day, not just once a year!
Forgiving God, we rejoice in Christ's victory over sin and death. Thank you for the fresh start that each new day brings. Amen. — KLS