Acts 2:41 “So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls.”
3000 saved and baptized! That’s incredible. In recent decades there has been a falling off of baptisms in the U.S. It is no wonder. Many do not believe it is necessary (and it’s not for salvation) and either put it off or just don’t bother. But anything the Lord felt was important I want to value as important.
BELIEVERS MUST FOLLOW
When my children were young we had a membership at a water park in Florida. One of the busiest areas was the wave pool. That huge pool would be packed with people. There were literally hundreds, if not thousands, of people in that huge pool ready to jump waves and swim. I can just picture the mass of people lined up in this story in Acts waiting to get baptized by the apostles. There were probably in line for Peter, John, Mark or the other disciples, waiting to follow the Lord in Believer’s baptism.
This is an important decision and a celebrated act in the life of believer. As parents we need to encourage our children, once they have asked Christ in their lives, to get baptized. Many parents tend to postpone this until their child “really” understands it. Can I make a suggestion? Once your child has surrendered their heart to Jesus, they are ready for baptism. If you are confident in their decision to follow Him, encourage them to take that next step of obedience.
There aren’t many things besides leading someone to Christ that bring me as much joy as baptizing a believer. Seeing the nervousness erupt into pure joy when they are raised out of the water is exciting. Watching their family and friends beam with pride brings me joy. Seeing the tears flow down the face of a redeemed believer and mixing with the baptismal waters surely must give our Lord joy. Celebrate it!