Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus
have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him
through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead
through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
Be watchful and diligent in Gods service and often think of why you
left the world . . . Was it not that you might live for God and become a
spiritual man? — THOMAS À KEMPIS
Have you ever gotten up from your chair and walked to the other end of the
house, only to arrive and find that you had completely forgotten what you
were going to do, or what object you went to get? I once knew a man who
called it the affliction of Destinesia, sort of a combination of
amnesia and destination!
How unfortunate that people who have expressed their belief in Jesus Christ,
repented of their sins, submitted to baptism, and made a commitment to live
for God, but suddenly find that they forget what they are supposed to be
At least thats the way it appears:
- People put away sinful behaviors only to pick up those behaviors and begin practicing them again.
- People stop using ugly or abusive language then begin spewing venom again.
- People put away negative, spiteful, hateful attitudes, then forget all about putting them away, and . . . Well, you get the idea, dont you?
I like Thomas a Kempis encouragement: . . . Think of why you left
the world . . . . Pauls emphasis to the church at Rome was along a
similar line. Dont you remember what occurred when you were baptized?
In baptism you identified with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. In
baptism you were buried into his death, your sin was removed, and you rose to a
new life. Have you forgotten?
If this has happened to us, then its time to jar our memory. Its time for the light bulb to come on. We need a wake-up call. Lets remember what we
committed ourselves to be and to do. If we dont, then whats the
purpose of committing to Christ to start with? Our intention was to
become a spiritual man or woman and live for God. Right? Right! So lets do it!