The church gathered around. The individual confessed faith in the Lordship and Deity of Jesus. Excitement filled the air. Everyone waited to join with the angels. As the person went into the water the congregation sang. Their words rang through the gathering place: Awake sleeper and rise from the dead, and Christ will shine upon you. As they finished the person was raised from the waters of baptism.
This practice of the ancient church must have been an awe inspiring sight. Paul in Ephesians 5:14 reminds the Christians of this saying. The goal is simple: to provide a reminder. He wants Christians to remember what happened as they committed themselves to Christ. He wants them to reflect upon the challenge to live changed lives. This changed life was to shun darkness and allow the light of Christ to shine through them. They needed to please the Lord. They needed to produce God’s fruit (goodness, righteousness, and truth).
Although we no longer continue the ancient practice of singing these words during a person’s baptism, we still need to be reminded that in that moment we were making a commitment to a new way of life. As you go through your day today, remember God wants to shine through you. Let Him!
We are constantly reminded of your graciousness toward us. We pray that we will live lives that reflect that graciousness. Help us today to shun the darkness and to be lights. Help us to produce your fruit. He us to please you.
Through Your Son,