Back in February (2014), I had the privilege of baptizing Whitney Brown, one of our newest members at Life Community. Recently, I had the chance to talk with her about that experience. With her permission, I wanted to share that conversation with you
Whitney, how did you come to faith in Jesus?
It was at the top of my early career where competition and pride fueled my motivations and I was living for myself that God put my dear friend and colleague Frank in my life, who in the middle of a high pressure work environment began the journey over a year and a half of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with me. Frank was unlike anyone I had ever met. He was so kind, patient, and joyful. He was always serving others, projecting compassion and understanding, and filled with a peace I had never witnessed, let alone experienced, in my lifetime.
My mind was filled with worry, stress and anxiety, I felt like I had no time in the day to eat or sleep, certainly I had no room on my calendar for God. But then, through a series of events God graciously humbled me, brought me to my knees, and broke my heart over this world. All I could hear or see was the Gospel of Jesus Christ that my colleague had shared with me. ‘But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ- by Grace you have been saved.’
I never realized what I was missing, or how dead I was, until I put my faith in Jesus and experienced for the very first time, the life I was created for.
Why did you decide to get baptized?
I can never repay the debt that Jesus paid on my behalf. I will never be worthy of the gift of salvation, or of God’s continuous work transforming my heart. I decided to get baptized to share what Jesus has done in my life, how he has changed me, and given me peace beyond what I deserve. I decided to get baptized to proclaim to everyone in my life that Jesus is better.
Can you describe your baptism experience?
I was baptized at Life Community, surrounded by people who a year before I didn’t know, but through God’s work have become family. We celebrated what God has done, what he is doing and what he will do. We celebrated the beautiful life I have been given in Christ.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about getting baptized?
You never know how this act of obedience may change someone else’s life, or how God may use it for his glory. You owe it to your family, friends and community to proclaim what Jesus has done for you. I can’t imagine my life now if my colleague hadn’t been bold in taking the step forward of sharing Jesus with me.
Baptism is commanded by Jesus for believers and is therefore an act of obedience (Matt 28:18-20) It’s through this act of obedience that believers publicly identify with Jesus as savior (Rom 6:3,4), and proclaim to the world that Jesus is better!