Baptism is a refresh

January 8, 2018

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”

Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.

John 3:3-6

Wouldn’t it be great if you had a reset button? Maybe you’ve made some decisions you wish you could take back, or maybe you said something that you wish you hadn’t. In those scenarios it’d be great to have a reset button. Unfortunately, that doesn’t exist. Though we can’t erase things we did in the past or take them back, we can start over with a new life in Jesus.

Just like a new born baby has a fresh start in life, in our baptism we have a fresh start in our life with Jesus. In other words, baptism is being born into God’s family. Over the next few days we are going to look at how baptism gives us a fresh start; how it resets us. Today, consider what your life would look like if you weren’t bogged down with regret. What would that look like? What would it feel like? Now, know and believe that life is yours because in your baptism Jesus reset you. In your baptism, you were washed with water, your sins were forgiven, the Holy Spirit started to work on your heart, and he gave you a new life with him. The best part? He didn’t give you a clean record to try to keep perfect. Rather, he continues to keep your record clean through his forgiveness that he gives you in your baptism.

It doesn’t matter if your baptism was today, yesterday, or years ago, He has reset you and you have a new life in him. It is a new year! How does focusing on your new life in Jesus help reset you and your mindset?