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God is calling us to listen. God wants us to see what God is doing. Today whether for the first time or the thousandth time, we need to hear Christ inviting us to follow.

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When everyone was being baptized, Jesus also was baptized. While he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit came down on him in bodily form like a dove. And there was a voice from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I dearly love; in you I find happiness.”

Luke 3:21-22

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Think

Some were baptized as babies and do not remember it, but are grateful for it.

Some were baptized because they turned eight years old and decided that they were sick and tired of not getting to drink the grape juice at the Lord’s Supper.

Some have never been baptized because they have never seen any reason why they should be.

Jesus is baptized because he believes that God is calling him to a different kind of life.

When Jesus rises, the waters of the Jordan River dripping from his face, a voice says: “You are my child. I love you. I’m delighted with you.”

People who are baptized are to live a different life. They tell the truth in a world that lies, give in a world that takes, love in a world that lusts, make peace in a world that fights, serve in a world that wants to be served, and pray in a world that waits to be entertained.

Brett Younger

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Pray

God, when your Spirit descended on Jesus at his baptism, you called him your beloved child. Help me to learn more of what it means be your child. Amen.

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Go

Remember who you are. You are God’s child.

Live with God’s compassion, God’s hope, God’s joy, God’s love, God’s blessing.

Brett Younger

Brett Younger teaches preaching and worship at the McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta. He was a pastor in Texas, Kansas, and Indiana. He and his wife Carol have two sons, Graham and Caleb.

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