Baptism of the Lord
Psalm 106:1-12 (God saves through water); Judges 4:1-16 (Israel’s enemies drown); Ephesians 6:10-17 (The Christian’s spiritual armor)
The baptism of Jesus signified the beginning of His ministry. The baptism of a new believer signifies the beginning of their witness to the world. When people repent of their sins, turn to Jesus, and show the world their faith commitment by following Jesus in baptism they are making a statement about their changed lives. In some parts of the world, they are sealing their own death warrant. Baptism, when used to show a commitment to Jesus and repentance from the way of this world can be considered an act of rebellion against the standards of society.
Perhaps this is why Paull tells us to be ready to go to war, in the spiritual sense. Paul reminds us that we are in a battle that takes place in the spiritual realms. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” The attacks we face may seem to come from friends who have deserted us because of our commitment. They may come from temptations. They may come from people who don’t understand our commitment. Whatever the source, our battle is not against those who deliver the attacks, our battle is against the spiritual forces of evil in this world. For the question it is not a question of whether or not the battle will come against us; it is a question of whether we will be spiritually prepared for the battle. Put on the armor and be ready when it comes!
I know, O Lord, that following you is an act of rebellion against the powers of this dark world. Prepare me for the battle ahead today. Let me not fall prey to temptation. Let me continue to speak and live for truth. Let my life and my words draw others to You.