Does my baptism matter?

Jari Rankinen
Milla Rämö

I was baptized sometime long ago. What does it mean now? Or does it mean anything?

At least to me the baptism is a great matter. As an infant I was baptized and I did not have to do, know, be able to succeed, or change. Not even a little bit. As I was, in my incompleteness, without knowing or having to get better - I was enough for God. I was righteous because of Jesus who died for me and reconciled my sins. It was so then and so it is now. This is what baptism reminds me of.

We can remind ourselves every morning what baptism really means: Such as I am, I belong to God and I'm going to heaven. As I am, I can resort to Jesus. Baptism brings us happiness and gratitude. That is something that brings us the strength to live as a Christian and live by God's will, even a little bit.

The Bible teaches that we are saved by grace. To be saved by grace means that we can be God’s own without having to earn it and that we get to heaven just the way we are. All of this is because of Jesus. Everyone who is baptized and believes in Jesus will be saved by grace.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God
(Ephesians 2:8, ESV)