Today’s devotion is based on Titus 3:4-7, “At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God, our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”
When a person who was baptized as an infant hears that their baptism was not good because they did not make the decision to be baptized, they begin to doubt if their baptism was valid. This confusion and doubt come from a misunderstanding of who is doing the saving work in baptism; God or the person being baptized.
The Bible is very clear, especially in the text we are looking at today, that it is his work. We are receiving his gift of faith and salvation, not earning it by our deciding to be baptized. It is a miracle that God works no matter the age or capability of the person being baptized. While we do the applying of water and the saying of the Baptism words, we do not add anything to the act of God.
Please pray with me the prayer for today. Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, thank you for choosing me through my baptism. Thank you for your boundless mercy. Help me to show my gratitude, as you would me to do to those who most need it. All praise and glory to you. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.