Baptism immerses a believer into the most remarkable fellowship possible. It marks a point in life when biblical information shapes our beliefs, changes our thoughts, determines our words and transforms our lives. Sins are washed away ushering in a new relationship with our Creator. The Lord adds us to His precious church of the saved. That is who we are. May we never lose our sense of identity.
The church has been chosen for the most noble of purposes. We are not simply a collection of people who gather together on Sunday to socialize. We are blood bought disciples with a commitment to live out our new existence. Before there was ever a world, there was a plan (Ephesians 1:4) for the church. The Lord has blessed His body with every spiritual blessing (Eph. 1:3), and it is both privilege and responsibility to conduct ourselves like the blessed people that we are.
We have been adopted into His family. Each Sunday is the greatest of family reunions with brothers and sisters who share our common faith. Ethnicity is irrelevant. History is, too. We come from a wide range of backgrounds to comprise one marvelous collection of kin folks. We bring our hopes and dreams, doubts and fears, ups and downs into the assembly of the forgiven. In the Lord’s Supper, we remember what He has done to make us that way: Guilty but forgiven (Eph. 1:7). Yes, that is who we are.
There is but one body (Eph. 4:4). Not everyone can or will accept that, but no one can change it. This is the business of God, not humans. Christ is the unchallenged head of the church (Eph. 5:23). That is not open for debate, but some do anyway. They set up elaborate earthly organizations and fancy power structures. It does not alter in any way this one simple fact: He has all authority (Matthew 28:18). His church respectfully acknowledges and submits to that. That is who we are.
We come with bended knee and bowed head. He is Lord. He is Savior. We are subservient and dependent. As much as anything, those two ideals form our identity. Lives surrendered to His direction along with a realization that without Him we have no hope. With Him, we have everything. We are reminded of that today, so that we will go through this brand new week with a true sense of identity. Our lives will reflect it, and people will see it. Our lights will shine like never before as we walk worthy of our calling to be His holy family, and we will, unless we forget who we are.
Call to Praise Scripture: 1 Peter 4:10-11
His word on it: 2 Corinthians 6:1
Sermon: “Don’t Waste the Grace”