“Everyone I Know Has Been Baptized, But It Doesn’t Feel Right for Me Yet. Help!”
Written by Ask Olivia | March 19, 2014
“Alright, I have a question. So I’m 14 years old and I’ve never been baptized. The last time our church did baptizing, I didn’t feel like it was time to do it. But I’m getting older and everyone I know has been baptized and I want to do it because it’s one of the huge steps in Christianity, but it doesn’t feel right, yet. IDK what to do…I have 2 older sisters who haven’t done it either. What should I do? Should I wait till I feel it’s right? I just feel super behind since like everyone I know has done it…”
When I think of baptism, I think of Acts 2:38: “Peter [said] to them, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the holy Spirit.'” There are tons more references in scripture that make it really clear just how important baptism is.
The meaning behind baptism varies among Christian denominations. Some consider it just a symbolic act, while others believe that it not only saves and washes away original sin, but also allows us to receive the Holy Spirit.
No matter what denomination you are, baptism is a big deal! If you’ve accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior and you have put your faith in Him, then you should totally be baptized. After all, even Jesus was baptized! So as a Christian, I’m all for it.
Here’s what I think you should do:
- Spend some time reading the Bible, learning more about Christianity.
- Discuss the significance of baptism with a pastor or priest.
- Decide if you want to follow Christ. If you do, then I would encourage you to get baptized. The rewards of accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior and being baptized will far outweigh your fears, so go for it, girl!
“Then Jesus approached and said to them, ‘All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.’” (Matthew 28:18-20)
Good luck and God bless!
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