More Than Just Water . . .
One of my earliest childhood memories of church was the pastor walking down the aisle, challenging us to "remember the waters of our baptism." Remember the waters? I asked myself, How can you remember water? He then proceeded to splash everyone with water, which as a young child both delighted and confused me.
Why should we think about baptism? When a person is baptized, there is so much more to it than water. Baptism symbolizes how through faith in Jesus, we have become "clothed" with Him (Galatians 3:27). Or in other words, it's celebrating that we belong to Him and that He lives in and through us.
As if that weren't enough, the passage tell us that if we have been clothed with Christ our identity is found in Him. We're the very children of God. As such we have been made right with God by faith, not by following Old Testament law. We are not divided against each other by gender, culture, and status. We are set free and and brought into unity through Christ and are low His own.
So there are very good reasons to remember baptism and all it represents. We are not simply focusing on the act itself but that we belong to Jesus and have become children of God. Our identity, future, and spiritual freedom are found in Him.