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Yes, but ...

My 4-year-old talks all the time. Recently, he started responding to everything I say with,  “Yes, but ...” 

Me: “Will you please get your shoes?”
Him: “Yes, but I need to play with this truck first.”

Me: “I want you to go straight to the bathroom when we go inside.”
Him: “Ok, but I might need to get a drink first.” 

We’re working on teaching him to simply obey and do what is asked.

Isn’t that the way we are with God? Yes, Lord, I will not sleep with my boyfriend, but I may still date him even if he isn’t a Christian. Yes, Lord, I will tithe, but only if I make enough money for the month. Yes, Lord, I will commit to you and accept you as my Savior, but I don’t want to be baptized. Like a 4-year-old, we have an answer for everything.

In both these stories from Acts, we see people getting baptized. There was no hesitation or talking back, just obedience. Acts 2:41 says, “Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.” In Acts 8, the eunuch asks, “‘Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?’ And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.”

When we accept Christ, God doesn’t give us baptism as an option. Like a loving parent, He wants our obedience. Let us not hesitate to follow through in our commitment to Him by being baptized.

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