Be fully immersed
'For all of you who were baptised into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.' Galatians 3:27 NIV
Being 'immersed' has two meanings. First, it means to be dipped or submerged. This is what happens when we're baptised. In baptism we publicly declare that we're trusting in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ for our salvation. But, unless we're committed to following Christ in every area of our lives, baptism just means we go down into the water dry and come up wet and unchanged.
That's where the second definition comes in. Immersed also means to be involved deeply. We need to be deeply involved in Christ. We need to be clothed in, shaped by, full of and surrounded by him. Everything we do needs to be shaped by him.
Jesus told the disciples: 'Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age' (Matthew 28:19-20 NIV). This verse shows we need to be immersed in: (1) The principles of Christ. Jesus says, 'obey everything', not just the parts we're comfortable with; (2) The purposes of Christ. We're called to tell others about Jesus. He says: 'Go...and make disciples;' (3) The presence of Christ. Jesus promised: 'I am with you always.' Let's cultivate a sense of his presence in all we do. He's always there, we just need to immerse ourselves in him.
So what now? Being a follower of Jesus means it's all about him! Be fully immersed in Jesus!
Soulfood: Luke 10:25-37, Eph 4:31-32, Gen 50:15-21