“John answered them all, ‘I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire’” (Luke 3:16).

Have you been baptized by Jesus’ Spirit? Or maybe the questions are: Are you on fire for anything? Do you have passion for Jesus? Do you seek out His presence and enjoy Him? Do you investigate His Word to see how it applies to your life? Do you have a drive to share His love with those in your life who are not in a relationship with Him? Or pray with power to bring His healing?

There is so much available for you, so much God wants to bring to you and do through you. His very presence is yours to enjoy. There is more of God to be had, more of the Spirit to experience and release to others. At Jesus’ baptism, God said, “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” This is one of the Holy Spirit’s main objectives: to remind you of the Father’s love.

I’m sure we are all familiar with the whispers of accusations, guilt and shame because of our failures. When Martin Luther would get attacked with depression and feel horrible about himself, he would look into the mirror and say, “Martin, you are baptized.” This was a reminder that he was covered by what Jesus did on the cross, and that’s why there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).

The amazing aspect of connecting to God is when we drag our sins into His presence, we encounter a God full of mercy and forgiveness, with an empowering grace. He is excited to trade out the “yuck” of our lives for abundant life, giving us a vibrant attitude and putting a bounce in our daily steps.

Adapted from “Walking Where Jesus Walked” by Rev. Dr. William A. Lewis