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Topic: Christian Baptism (10/18/07)
By Martha Kirk
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It started two years earlier. Marty’s parents had been leading Jr. Church for years. They had lead countless children’s productions for the church and why not? After all, they had seven children! Investing their time and energy and service and love in the children of the Church was also investing all of the same in their own children’s eternity. Marty had begun asking questions about baptism when she was five. Her daddy would listen to her and talk with her but gently put her off. She was so young.
About two years later, the Church hired Ron as their new youth minister. Ron came straight out of Bible College and was full of energy and outrageous ideas. He could take simple things and make them fun. Marty had a crush on him from the first week he was in their church.
Little Marty was a sponge, taking in all that Ron had to say about the Bible and being a Christian. She continued to ask her Daddy questions and her Dad finally had a talk with Ron. Ron agreed to come and speak with Marty but he shared her Dad’s opinion: Marty was too young to be baptized.
As they sat in the living room at Marty’s house, Ron began asking her questions. He asked her to explain how someone became a Christian. Marty took Ron’s Bible in her chubby, little hands and said, “I can’t show you where all of the verses are. You have told me about Jesus so I’ve heard. I believe. I believe so much I think my heart will burst!”
Ron smiled at the little girl and pressed on, “Do you know what it means to repent or confess?”
“Sure! You do a u-turn. It’s like when you were driving the church van when we went to the water park last summer. You were going the wrong way and had to ask directions and turn around.”
Ron was a little taken aback by this child’s insight. He questioned her further, “Marty, why do you want to be baptized?”
“I need Jesus. I want Him to smile when He looks at me instead of seeing me black like spilled ink. I want my heart to be clean for Jesus.”
Ron called to Marty’s parents to join them in the living room. Marty’s mom and dad came in and Ron looked at them and said, “She knows. She’s ready.” So plans were discussed and the next Sunday morning, Ron had the pleasure of baptizing this little one into Christ. In her sweet voice, Marty asked Jesus to be Lord of her Life and to forgive her of her sins. Then Ron smiled, with tears in his eyes, and buried Marty with Christ in his burial and when she raised up from the water, she joined Jesus in His resurrection!
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