Baptism of Melissa Glynn
I grew up not truly understanding what a personal relationship with Christ meant. I knew God was a loving God and a forgiving God, but I didn’t fully grasp the concept of God’s grace. I thought I could earn my way to heaven. Sports, school, people-pleasing, mission trips and serving others before myself were all passions of mine that I continually sought out in order to find my identity through them. The way I would define myself would correlate with how well I would excel in those earthly things that rapidly became idols in my life. My freshmen year of high school, my older sister introduced me to a youth group and a bible study filled with believers who not only encouraged each other in their relationships with Christ, but they also lived out their faith in their daily lives. The actions and, most importantly, the love towards others and towards Jesus that was so prevalent within this community was when I realized I was missing out on something.
One night after youth group, the leader came up to me and asked me, “Do you know if you are going to heaven? If your life was taken from you right now, would you go to heaven?” I was taken back a bit, but my answer was that I honestly had no idea. I thought God would look back at all my failures and sins, and then he would look back on my successes and loving things I had done, and I just hoped the positive things in my life would outweigh the negatives. That was when I learned about grace. “There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:23-24). Very gradually, I began to know more of God’s character and the extremities that Jesus suffered through to bear our sins and make a pathway to God for us, and then, later that year I chose to receive Christ as my Savior.
Recently, God has been teaching me a lot about stepping out in faith, and how being bold in the name of the Gospel stretches us and forces us to rely on the Holy Spirit and not our own power. This summer, I am headed to France on a summer mission trip to share the Gospel, and I am so excited for God to use me in any way He desires. I have been wanting to be baptized for a while now, and I felt like this was a good time as I am in preparation for my trip. While in France, I want to be able to share the symbolism of baptism of Jesus washing our sins away and making us new. And I think it would be really neat to be able to share a bit of my own experience with baptism if the conversations leads to it. I am so excited to be able to proclaim my faith in Jesus Christ through baptism! “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I that live, but Christ living in me” (Galatians 2:20).