Leaving the Waters of Baptism
Numerous times I've heard that we must not stay by the waters of baptism because we are to grow in Him. Last night, as I was thinking on this and comparing it to the growth of my sons, "Following God" from "The Songs of Zion" came to mind.
When a child is born, he is kept close to the parents' hearts until he becomes strong enough to crawl and walk. As the child grows and strengthens, he ventures out a little from his parents by crawling and then walking. In order for the child to grow to his potential, the parents have to let go of the child's hand when he can finally stand. Because the child is still learning, the parents stay nearby and watch to keep him from harm. Sometimes the parents rush to his rescue. Other times, the parents allow the child to learn lessons from his mistakes.
As the child grows and learns in life, his parents give him more responsibilities, hold him more accountable for his actions, and expect more from him. This brings great joy to the parents, which, in turn, brings great joy to the child. When the road grows rocky and steep, the child may stumble and fall, but if he picks himself up and continues on, he is rewarded in his own heart while his parents approve and applaud.
Oh, the joy and pride that parents have for a child who does well in life! However, if the child refuses to grow and learn, what a disappointment it is. The parents still love their child, but they want so much more for him in this life.
When we are first baptized, I think we are like that little babe.
God holds His children close as they depend on Him for everything. When they are ready to begin their "walk" with Him, He allows them to stand alone, but He is always close, ready to run to the rescue — or allow them to learn from their mistakes.
In order to leave the waters of baptism, we must learn from the scriptures and the examples of the saints, but, most importantly, we need to communicate with God directly. Communicating with God goes beyond praying for help or to bless the food. To communicate means talking to God, sharing joys, concerns, thanksgivings, and appreciation of His mighty and marvelous creation.
The next steps are to step out and exercise faith and not sit and wait for God to show something great, asking God for guidance and looking for opportunities to show His love to others in small and large ways. We must always remember to repent of our errors and seek forgiveness.
Leaving the waters of baptism and growing in our walk with God brings so much joy, wisdom, grace, strength, appreciation, and humility. God wants His children to grow to their potential. Happy growing in your walk with God!
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