Some of the most meaningful moments in my walk with the Lord actually revolve around others. I’ve had plenty of “mountaintop” experiences with Jesus in my own life. Many of my most significant spiritual experiences revolve around worship with God’s people.
My favorite concerts are the ones that actually become worship opportunities. David Crowder, Chris Tomlin, Matt Maher and Christy Nockels are all recent examples for me. We gathered to hear music from some of my favorite musicians, but ended up worshiping our great God together with people I don’t know, yet are my brothers and sisters.
As wonderful as these moments are, however, they pale in comparison to three particular services: January 18, 2009, August 8, 2010, and June 8, 2014. These were the days my children were baptized. Standing in the front of the church with my wife, Pastor Chuck, and the kids’ sponsors was a holy moment with God and His people.
It was significant, because I knew something significant was happening. Peter writes about this special moment in his first letter:
Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him. 1 Peter 3:21-22
On those days, my children entered into a special covenant relationship with my Father in heaven. They were marked as God’s kids and received the forgiveness of sin. While nothing was outwardly different, everything changed inwardly. The eternal Father had entered into a unique relationship with them! What’s more, God wants the same relationship with you! You matter to God!