Monday, February 6, 2012

Images of Lifechange

Click here to see my photos from our Feb. 5th baptism at Oakbrook Church.

If you're not into Christianity, here are some weird photographs: people dunking friends and family fully clothed in a tank in front of hundreds of onlookers. Baptism.

More weird stuff: it signifies that we've metaphorically died to our self and chosen God to be the fixer of our sins and leader of our life.

Weird continues: up from these waters, we're trying with the Holy Spirit's help to live a life like Jesus. But there's only one Jesus and we ain't It.

We'll still say and do some jackass things. Hopefully we'll do proportionally more Jesus-looking things.

We're trying. God's helping and guiding. This life matters. You matter. And so does that person over there...

"By means of his one Spirit, we all said good-bye to our partial and piecemeal lives. We each used to independently call our own shots, but then we entered into a large and integrated life in which he has the final say in everything. (This is what we proclaimed in word and action when we were baptized.) Each of us is now a part of his resurrection body, refreshed and sustained at one fountain—his Spirit—where we all come to drink. The old labels we once used to identify ourselves—labels like Jew or Greek, slave or free—are no longer useful. We need something larger, more comprehensive."
1 Corinthians 12:13 The Message

Peace. Only from the Prince of Peace.