Acts 22:16 “And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.”
Ephesians 5:25-26 “Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the Word.”
Doing the dishes is my favorite household chore. I really enjoy taking dirty plates, bowls and pots, scrubbing away the dirt and food remains, and rinsing them with clean water to reveal surfaces that are as good as new, ready to be used again. Even though I enjoy doing the dishes, I’ll admit that I sometimes let them pile up, not taking the time to clean up after myself. When this happens, I often wish that I had washed them right away to avoid the caked on and dried food that comes with waiting.
In many ways, doing the dishes reminds me of baptism. In my baptism, I was washed in the regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit. In my baptism, God called me as His child. It is only through this washing of rebirth, through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, that I can be seen as holy and blameless in God’s sight. Just as we should remember to do the dishes often, we should also remember our baptism often. Acts 22:16 says, “And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.’” We can remember that through Jesus’ blood, all our sins are washed away. We are continuously given new life in Christ.
These benefits of baptism: the forgiveness of sins, the washing of rebirth, and the reminder that I am God’s child, are precious to me and to each of us. In Ephesians 5:25-26, we hear that “Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the Word.” How wonderful it is to be reminded of the great and perfect love that our God and Savior has for us!
In Christ, all our dirt and grime is taken away by the perfect sacrifice of His death on a cross. When God looks at us, he doesn’t see us as dirty and sinful human beings, he sees Jesus, who died and rose for us.