Wearing Your Baptism

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Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. Romans 6:3-5

Martin Luther has some great advice to share with us:

“When you wash your face, remember your baptism.”

He also said that baptism is-

“…the daily garment which the Christian is to wear all the time.”

Why should a disciple daily remember their baptism? One reason is that it will remind us of our union with Jesus Christ. Remembering your baptism when you watch someone else get baptized, or, every time you wash your face, wash your hands, or take a shower, will center your thoughts on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. When you “rehearse the Gospel” by remembering your baptism, you are reminding yourself that have been united with Christ in a death like His. When you recall your baptism, you have another opportunity to be reminded that you have been born again to “walk in newness of life.” When you think back on your baptism, you can be reminded once again that just as God raised Jesus from the dead, so you too will experience resurrection.

Suddenly washing your hands or face can take on more significance than fighting germs or trying to look good for others. Perhaps it doesn’t matter just how stylish your clothes are? Perhaps it really matters if you’re wearing your baptism everyday?

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