We were privileged to celebrate and witness the baptism of a very special little girl on Sunday. The minister was careful to note that baptism doesn’t guarantee she’ll grow into a Christian. And I can agree with that — there are plenty of very faithful parents who, despite their best efforts and prayerfulness, face the heartbreak of children who grow up to deny their Lord.
But it got me thinking… is it any more impossible for an adult to come to faith than it is for a little child? Is the miracle he works in an adult any less remarkable than if he saved an infant at baptism?
The minister also noted that this baptism was a sign of hope. But the hope we have is not a ‘maybe she’ll be saved’ kind of hope. We have a God who loves to save and I wonder if sometimes we are a little too ready to doubt just how secure our living hope really is.