Baptism of Anthony Sarvello
In my senior year of high school, I was eternally impacted by the persistence of one of my friends named Alex. We had at least four different classes together, and I can remember Alex frequently asking me questions about God. Not just basic questions, but ones that I had to think about.
I knew about God. I was raised a Christian, I went to Sunday school and was confirmed in eighth grade, and I prayed nearly every night for as long as I could remember. I thought doing these things were sufficient enough for me to go to heaven, and I felt satisfied with my relationship with God. However, there was something different about Alex. I knew that it had to have been from God because God was the only difference that I could see.
Towards the end of my senior year, Alex gave me a book titled Basic Christianity. In the following summer I finished the book, and it had laid out my need for Jesus Christ in my life in a way that I could not ignore. I had always known about Jesus and His death on the cross for the forgiveness of my sins. But, this knowledge wasn’t personal to me nor did it affect the way I lived; it was more of an education.
In the way that God only could, He used this book to change my life. He used the book through the determination of Alex to reveal the Truth of Jesus’ Gospel to both my mind and my heart. I had never felt the kind of love, forgiveness, and peace that I was experiencing in that moment.
I became a new person. I viewed relationships differently. I questioned the motivations of my actions and thoughts. I noticed the enormous amount of sin that was going on in my life. I realized that I was living my life for my purpose and my glory and not for God’s purpose and His glory. Most of all, I was now living under God’s authority.
This change in my life didn’t mean that sin and temptations disappeared, life became easier, or things suddenly all went my way. I’m still broken. I still struggle to follow God in all areas of my life. I still desire to live selfishly. However, what it did mean was that I now finally had the fulfilling satisfaction in my life of knowing who God was and that He chose to reveal Himself to me.
I am now being baptized over two years later to celebrate the transformation that God has worked within me.