Jelle's Baptism

My testimony begins and ends with my fear of death. As far as I can remember from early on I was always afraid of dying and not knowing what would happen to me after I left this planet. I was afraid of the unknown. I first attended church when Read more

I was 16 but wasn't truly committed to getting to know Christ until I met my wife Lisa. When I started to learn more about what faith meant and having an understanding of the Bible and the Father did I finally start to realize that fear of death was nothing to be afraid of, however I continued to be afraid.

What ultimately brought me to my decision to be baptized though, was my fall on April 29, 2015. That day I fell 12 feet and broke my arm and shoulder ... but it was the fact that I was mere inches from crushing my skull that frightened me the most.

I knew in my heart that I had not done enough in the eyes of Christ to establish that connection with God. The fall was my sign that God was opening my eyes to Him and telling me that He would be there and to not be afraid, for He would guide and protect me.

Yet I was still frightened because what would happen to my wife? Where would I end up without having taking that dunk of faith? Would Lisa and I ever meet in the house of the Father? Those were questions I pondered on. There was a step I hadn't taken and wasn't ready for at the time.

For a year I strengthened my connection to where I felt comfortable enough to take the next step. The one last step I needed to take to know that eternal life was waiting after death. That through Jesus I would be with the Holy Father. That death and the unknown was nothing to fear anymore.

There's a verse that sums up all I was feeling.

“Do not let your hearts be distressed. You believe in God; believe also in me. There are many dwelling places in my Father’s house. Otherwise, I would have told you, because I am going away to make ready a place for you. And if I go and make ready a place for you, I will come again and take you to be with me, so that where I am you may be too.  And you know the way where I am going.”

Thomas said, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going. How can we know the way?”  Jesus replied, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  (John 14:1-6)

"So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ." (Gal. 3:26-27)

You can watch Jelle's baptism here!