Weekly Devotionals

“What Hinders Me From Being Baptized?”
Daniel McMillin

Is it lack of knowledge? Not old enough, or too old? Don’t see any need to be baptized? Not ready? What hinders me from being baptized?

Many use the excuse of not being baptized to be they do not know enough and are lack-ing in much Biblical knowledge and cannot be baptized. If you lack the knowledge ra-ther than remaining in your ignorance, why not embrace your desire to learn and grow in your knowledge of the Bible. Thankfully we do not have to know everything in the Bible before we can be baptized. In fact if we are lucky enough we may scratch the surface of understanding everything there is to knowing the Bible. But none the less, all that is re-quired of us to know before baptism is: biblical authority, the Church, Christ, sin, and salvation.

Many use the excuse of saying “I am not old enough to be baptized” or “I am too old to be baptized”. There is not any age limit to baptism. It is meant for both the young and the old. I was baptized at the age of 11, I was not too young. There have been men and women who have gotten baptized in their last moments of life, they were not too old. All that is required in order to be baptized is to be able to comprehend and obey the plan of salvation.

Many plainly do not see the need to be baptized. What must be realized is that baptism is essential for salvation. In order to obtain salvation one must be in Christ, to be in Christ one must be in His church, and in order to enter into His church one must be baptized. There is no other way to obtain salvation than to be baptized.

Many may say “I am not ready”. Why wait? Why remain unprepared for eternity? Why not make yourself ready today?

The Ethiopian Eunuch asked this same question as a means of excitement! “What doth hinder me to be baptized?” (Acts 8:36). As Phillip was teaching the Eunuch in the chari-ot, he preached unto him Jesus. His teachings caused him to desire to be baptized. The Eunuch came to the realization that he needed to be baptized (Acts 8:35-36).

The Eunuch did not hesitate to be baptized when he heard the truth, he immediately had the desire to be saved at that moment. His reaction was not to postpone nor wait for the “right moment” but saw he could be saved instantly. There was water for him to be bap-tized, why wait! The strong desire for salvation was answered when both Phillip went into the water to be immersed for the remission of his sins, being added to the Lord’s church (Acts 8:38).

If you have been baptized I hope you think back on the great things of being a Christian and the blessings of this life.

If you have not been baptized,
what hinders you
from being baptized?
Salvation is offered now
until the Lord’s return,
why wait to do
what you know must be done
in order for you to be saved?