Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” vs. 4

Romans 6:3-11

When Jesus invited his followers to become disciples he told them that in order to save their lives they would have to lose them. This dying to self is enormously difficult, and most would rather skip this step in discipleship. We would like to just live victoriously with Jesus and never ever have to even think about dying. But we also know in our hearts that such a notion is nothing but a pipedream. The road to Easter always goes by the way of Calvary. Paul knew that too and that’s why he sees baptism as a burial; we die with Christ in the waters of baptism so that we might be raised up with him to new life. And even though baptism generally only takes place once in our lifetimes, the dying and rising takes place again and again. Some folks mark themselves with the cross daily, knowing full well that the self-dies unwillingly, and constantly reasserts its presence. So day after day we die and rise, mimicking our baptisms, until that time comes when death pays its last visit, and only Easter remains for us. And oh what a glorious day of triumph that will be!

Thought for the Day: How can I remember my baptism daily?


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