That Sabbath morning, it seemed pretty clear that feeding and teething were 3-month-old John’s priorities.
But that Sabbath morning, like many others, our worshipping congregation took a vow to affirm God’s baptismal covenant:
… to guide and nurture this child by word and deed, with love and prayer, encouraging him to know and follow Christ and to be a faithful member of his church…
That Sabbath morning, gathered in God’s house with God’s people, our church family recited the ancient creed, prayed, sang, and grinned as our infant brother John squirmed, fussed, and cried a bit… and a bit more.
As I handed John the recently baptized back to his mom, I was mindful of John the Baptist, a child long ago born to great promise and godly purpose. Upon that John’s birth, his family and neighbors gathered round and asked, “What, then, will this child become?”
This is a crucial question for every child of God, for all of us throughout our lives. What will we become? How will God work in our lives and through the lives of others to shape us? How will we discover and claim our true identity and purpose in life?
This upcoming Sabbath, our 8th grade Confirmation Class will stand before our church family and profess their faith in Jesus Christ. They will “confirm” their baptism and claim their identity as his disciples.
(2013 Confirmation Class)
As we hear in I John 3:2: …we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed…when Jesus is revealed, we will be like him… In the Body of Christ, we believe this question — What shall we become? — is best answered through communion with God and in communion with one another through Jesus Christ.
.By the grace of God and with the love and nurture of God’s people, 3-month-old John will someday stand where our 8th graders and all Christian servants and disciples stand. With God’s help and the encouragement of those around us, we all stand together as God’s believing, loving, serving people.