Today was a happy day! One of our friends, we’ll call him Daniel, wanted to be baptized. I had prayed for him week before at church on Sunday and we also had met last Thursday to talk about God etc.! I am so happy for him 😀
Daniel came to my parents home at Evergem around 15.30. We first had some tea and talking with my wife and mom. After some time, I went with him upstairs to talk about repentance and what is the meaning of baptism. Before deciding to be baptized, he had already listened to teachings about baptism and read the book of Acts. We spoke about things he wanted to leave behind in the water. Baptism is the burial of the “old nature”, and you get up as a “new person”.
Some passages we read about baptism:
John 3:5 “Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.“
Acts 2: 38-39 “Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is to you, to your children, and to those far away—all who have been called by the Lord our God.”“
Col. 2:11-12 “When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision—the cutting away of your sinful nature. For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.“
We baptized Daniel in the name of Jesus (like they did in the book of Acts) and prayed freedom for him from any possible bondage and prayed for the Holy Spirit to fill him. He spoke in tongues while we were praying for him after baptism, but it wasn’t his first time: he told, that he had experienced that already before, when he had prayed on his own.
“How do you feel now, after the baptism?”, my wife asked Daniel. “Good, some how lighter, like it would be easier to breath… It’s not that I felt very bad before, but still, somehow lighter”, he answered.
Afterwards my father came home from his work and together we had nice tea and coffee time. We spoke about our testimonies and faith in general. My father shared how he and my mom came to faith in their mid-20’s and we also shared other stories. It was a great conversation of how God has led our lives. We also shared, that we’re going the next day to Zuid with one lady to pray for sick people and said that Daniel is very welcome to join. He said that he would happily come with us and told, that the past week he had already felt an urge to pray for some people he saw in the street, but didn’t dare to do it in the end. When we were saying goodbye, Daniel said, that my parents home felt almost like a second home! “Of course”, we said “you became a new creation here in this house today!” 😀
In the evening we still went to see one of my collegues who invited us for a dinner. We had nice conversation about our life in Finland and us meeting a lot of refugees etc. After food and dessert I asked my collegue, how his leg/knee was. I had prayed for him when I visited my school a week before and the pain had went away. We were a bit confused to hear, that his leg/knee had started to hurt again. (It was also a bit dissappointing, because we had believed that it will be still good and that we could then talk about God because of it). He let me pray for the leg and later for his wifes leg, but neither of them were healed. They don’t believe in God at all and sadly they only let me pray for 2 times and there was no healing happening at that moment. We don’t know why, but for what I’ve seen, more than 50% healings happens later than the first or the second prayer. I still felt, that in their case it’s better not to push them further, since they weren’t so eager anyway.
We had very warm good-byes and we were thankful to them for the lovely evening. Even if the wife of my collegue doesn’t believe, she said at the door: “I have respect for every work, that is done with a loving heart”. That’s truly my prayer, that every encounter I have, would be clearly motivated by love (to God and people)! Altogether, the day was amazing, since we could baptize a friend and be all encouraged of our common faith!