Baptism of Alyssa Amborn
I was first introduced to Christ as a young girl growing up in my home. My parents prayed for me, and taught me the gospel. I remember believing this at some level from an early age. However, fully coming to know the Lord didn’t really take place in my life until I went to college.
Throughout my teenage years I became very insecure, uncertain of who I was and had become prideful. I had made many mistakes and I knew I was ready to be someone different, and new. In addition, looking back at my younger self, I can see how I didn’t really see my need for Jesus as a Savior. I didn’t fully grasp the fact that I was a sinner who needed a Savior and forgiveness of my sins. Thankfully God had a plan for my life and humbled me.
When I went to Iowa State University for college God continued His pursuit of my heart and didn’t let go. Soon after meeting my best friend in college, I joined the ministry Campus Crusade for Christ on campus. Through that ministry God brought many people into my life who pointed me to the Jesus and the gospel. God continued to soften my heart and teach me where I had fallen short and the depths of His love and mercy. He changed my heart to believe the truth of Romans 3:23, I had sinned and fallen short, but I had redemption through Jesus as a gracious gift. Truly for the first time I started to believe that God has lavished me with His rich grace, forgiven me, and put me securely in His Son, which meant He loved me and never would leave me (Ephesians 1).
To this day this verse means so much to me “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses and sins made us alive together with Christ, by grace you have been save, and raised up with him, and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:4-6). In addition he gave me gave me a new identity in Him (2 Cor. 5:17). I remember worshiping at church one day, and God turned this flip on in my heart that rang “I have called you by name, you are mine.” (Isaiah 43:1). My insecurities, pride and uncertainty started to look very small and undesirable in the light of who God was and who he made me through Jesus.
God continues to show me the depths of His love and mercy every time I fail to remember who He is, and who he has made me. He reminds me of His faithfulness and truth. And I cannot wait for the day when I get to see him with an unveiled face in all of his Glory, be in his presence and worship him freely.
Until then, every day is a constant fight of the flesh to love Jesus above all and rest in His grace. The answer to “why I want to be baptized today” is simple. God, by his grace through Jesus Christ has reconciled me back to himself, and has washed me of my sin. I want to partake in a death like his so that I might partake in a resurrection like his (Romans 6:5), and follow Him all the days of my life by His grace.