With Fresh Eyes - Chris Maragos

This past Mother’s Day, my oldest son accepted Jesus Christ as His personal Savior. It was such an exciting day for us all! Now, we are beginning the discussion with him about baptism.


The Bible tells us that we should all aim to have a childlike faith. Seeing this firsthand in our 7-year-old has been really cool for me. He really understands what Christ has done for him, his own sin, and that he needs a perfect Savior to rescue him from his sin. As we help him explore what it means to be obedient to God, we’ve been talking with our pastor about how to walk our son through the significance of baptism. It’s been great to watch our son come to an understanding that baptism doesn’t save us, but it is an outward expression of what’s happened to us inwardly. It’s an act of obedience that we are all called to express when we accept Christ as Savior and Lord of our lives.


The significance of baptism is that we are changed — we are burying our old, sinful lives (signified by the dunking under the water) and being raised into a new life and identity found in Christ (displayed as we emerge from the water). We are now living for something, and Someone, else outside of ourselves.


I was baptized at the age of 15 when I gave my life to Christ. For me personally, I wanted to be obedient to God and recognized that this was one way to do that, proclaiming to the world that Jesus was Lord of my life.


If you are on the fence and wondering if you should be baptized, take time to focus on what God’s Word says. Seek direction from the Lord and He will convict you. If you are really experiencing God in a real way, you are going to do everything you can to obey and serve Him. You will want to bring glory to His name alone, no matter what the cost is. When you understand just what it is that Christ has done for us, acting in obedience to Him will be your first priority.


Understand that baptism is an act of obedience to God. As we talked with our son about being baptized into the new life he now has with Christ, he took it very literally, thinking he would be transformed into a new person (quite literally). And though it was funny to us in the moment, in a way, he will be. His childlike faith allowed Him to see the significance of what this new life means: complete transformation. Seeing his pureness of faith, watching him come to an understanding that Jesus Christ is the only way to Heaven, is a refreshing gift to my own understanding of Christ’s love and sacrifice for us all.


“We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” — Romans 6:4


— Chris Maragos, Philadelphia Eagles safety


Chris Maragos is a regular contributor to The Increase, providing monthly articles and opinions.


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