Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:13
Place a marker at the point where you leave your old life:
Jesus knew he was the son of God. We are told of a time when Jesus was twelve years old where he claims the title of ‘Son of God’ while visiting the temple. Yet during all the years growing up he went about his life being told what to do to fit in just as we are. Joseph taught Him to be a carpenter so he could earn a living and support a family. He was taught to respect both the Roman and the Jewish Rabbinical authority. His mother taught Him to be polite and clean. God taught him to be more than these things and his Baptism was the point where the old life as a human died and the new life as the son of God began.
Ceremony is required to let your mind, your soul, and your spirit know the old person you were is dead and that you are being raised into a new life. When you graduate from kindergarten you have a ceremony. When you graduate from High School there’s a ceremony! When you complete college (if you go) there’s a ceremony. When you marry you mark the change with a ceremony. Life coach Anthony Robbins uses a fire walk ceremony for his graduating students; I bet they never forget that!
The idea is that you have to do something to notify yourself and everyone else that you are finished with the way you used to do things and you are starting something new. The ‘old’ you is gone and a ‘new’ you has taken its place! Ceremonies mark a time and place where the commitment was reached and you can look back on that point and recall the day and the time.
“Go over before the ark of the LORD your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ Tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the px7 primal flow reviews LORD. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.” Joshua 4:5-7
Abraham left Haran:
The LORD had said to Abram, ‘Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.’ Genesis 12:1
Abraham was told by God that he would be a blessing to all the people of the Earth. Abraham had to move out of his comfort zone to receive the promised blessing from God. Abraham had many trials as he awaited the promise but the part of the story that I would like to discuss is the part where he tried to accomplish the blessing by sleeping with his wife’s servant, Hagar. From that attempt on Abram’s part to succeed ‘where God had failed’ the entirety of the Arab nations have sprung! Yet in Hebrews Abram was referred to as one of the great people of faith!
I know making a radical change in my life was necessary to reach the place where I am now, but changing my life didn’t mean I would never screw up again. On the contrary, the screw ups I’ve made while trying to walk the path God has called me to will probably be greater than the screw ups I would have made if I had chosen not to heed the call!