Baptism symbolizes a Believer’s union with Jesus Christ, who laid down His life and took it up again for us, so that we too might walk in the newness of life. It is a picture of death and resurrection. And deciding to be baptized is a big milestone for any Christian, and it is an important part of your walk with God.
Coming to faith in Christ is not an abstract, theoretical exercise. Becoming a Christian is about regeneration, the regeneration of your heart. It’s about freeing yourself from all the things that can never really make you happy, and accepting all the awesome things that God wants for you and your life. For this transformation to happen, you have to realize just how much God loves you and how broken we are without Him. And it also means coming to terms with the cost of what Jesus did to restore our relationship with God and with one another, and the fact that this gift is given to us by grace, and not through our own human efforts.
But baptism itself isn’t what changes you. It’s an outward expression of a change that’s already happened on the inside. So why do we do it? It’s part of the Great Commission from Jesus, Himself, who taught us to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. And it is also a fantastic way to celebrate, profess and share your faith with the people in your life who support and love you.