Children Baptism?

Q. I want to be baptized but I am afraid of everyone watching me. What should I do?

A. This is another question from our 10-year-old granddaughter. Before I tell you what we told her, let me explain where I am coming from. My theological position is that of “believer’s baptism”, not infant baptism. So the primary issue is “Does she have saving faith?” as that is the necessary condition for baptism.  

Her parents taught her from the Bible ever since she was young. She attended church, Sunday school, and a Christian elementary school. She had known Jesus as her Lord and Savior for several years. We have observed how she grew in her understanding over the years, so we do not doubt her faith in “Christ alone”. She did not ask to be baptized because her parents wanted her to; it was not to please them.

Nor am I going to debate whether she is too young to be baptized. The Bible is silent on what is the “right” age. Some people have mature thinking at a young age; others are immature even as adults. I believe she understands what baptism means. Since I am not the one administering her baptism, I leave it up to her home church to query her to decide whether they would baptize her.

Now back to her question. Her concern is over her shyness, being nervous in the company of people. This is quite common, as many people fear public speaking, heights, insects, etc. We reminded her she was very timid when she was small. However, when she was in kindergarten, her teacher chose her to sing for the school Christmas presentation and gave her a lot of encouragement. She practiced for months and presented beautifully, after which she was no longer self-conscious when she spoke up.

More importantly, Jesus commanded His disciples to baptize His followers in the Great Commission:

  • Mt 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,

We identify with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection when we undergo baptism:

  • Rom 6:4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

So when she aspires to be baptized, she desires a noble thing. It is her public testimony that she belongs to God. She is declaring to everyone that her commitment is to God. Since God is with her and pleased with her taking a stand for Him, she need not be afraid of anything or anyone.

Lastly, grandma asked her to read:

  • Ps 34:4 I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.
  • Ps 56:3 When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.

To which I add:

  • Ps 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?
  • Rom 8:31 If God is for us, who is against us?

Nervous? Not when the Lord is walking with you!

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