There are some things about social media that are extremely irritating—click baiting, pot-stirring, fight-picking, self-pitying, and the like. But there are a great many positives in that medium, too. Of all of them, I believe that posts of baptisms have to be my favorite. I do not appear to be alone in that estimation. Judging from post reactions and comments, a great many others do as well. We love it when there are pictures. We love the “back story.” We love knowing that our friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family members have good, honest hearts softened by the power of Divine Revelation. We love knowing they have a clean slate and a fresh start, and are poised to begin their walk on Narrow Road.
All of this leads me to several random observations:
- True good news needs no hype, trumping, manufacturing, or baiting.
- It is New Testament thinking to rejoice at such good news (Acts 8:39; 15:3).
- What a confirmation the obedience of others to the gospel is to our own decision to do so.
- It restores our faith in the potential of humanity and the power of the gospel (Rom. 1:16; Heb. 4:12).
- It builds our confidence in the Bible to see people imitate the examples of the New Testament, doing what they did the way they did it (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 8:13, 38; 9:18; 10:48; 16:14-15; 31-33; 22:16; Rom. 6:3-4; Gal. 3:26-27; Eph. 5:26; Col. 2:12; Titus 3:5; 1 Pet. 3:18-21).
- The average Christian wants what is best for others, which is just one reason Christians are the best people on earth.
- We want good news to travel fast, far and wide.
- We know it pleases the Lord when a person comes to Him in obedient faith (see Luke 15).
There are doubtless many more observations we could make, but these are enough for me to thank God for His people and those who daily make the decision to become His people. It builds my faith and hope in my fellow human beings and my trust in heaven’s plan of salvation. Thank you for finding joy in the right and best things! And let’s keep striving to perpetuate that joy through leading souls to the Savior.