Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you—not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ…” vs. 21

1 Peter 3:21-22

The story of Noah and the Ark had special significance for early Christians. It was here that they saw the first evidence of God’s saving grace, and they began to use the Ark as a symbol for the Church. In their estimation baptism did for believers exactly what the flood had done for Noah and his family–it was a life preserver and gave them shelter from the evils of the world. Baptism incorporated them into the Church, a community of faith that brought security, shelter, and healing. While we may have other images for baptism, Peter’s metaphor continues to have value. In a very real sense the Church is an ark that keeps us afloat through the storms of life. Without a safe place this world can be a scary place and our daily news stream is quick to remind us of the terrors that lie close at hand. Irresponsible politicians capitalize on those fears and even amplify them in their pursuit of votes and money. In that environment the baptized find a refuge in their congregations where they can practice the disciplines of faith and discover the joy that God intends for our daily living. There the focus is on the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the mission of love and service that he has given to all the baptized.

Thought for the Day: How is my congregation like an Ark?


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