(Click the verse above to see the entire reading)
“And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”
This past Sunday we celebrated the Baptism of Jesus.
The fancy title is “Baptism of Our Lord Sunday.”
And it’s a chance for us to reflect on the baptism of Jesus and then our own baptism.
I think sometimes we think of baptism as a thing we have to do in order to be loved by God.
Like a requirement.
But it’s not.
It’s really not.
Baptism joins us to Christ, brings us into the family of God, and those are important.
But baptism is also a naming.
Notice that when Jesus is baptized he is called Beloved.
So are we. We are called beloved in our baptisms as well.
Beloved child of God.
The word used in the original Greek is agapetos and it means unconditionally loved – but it also means worthy of love.
How often a day do you feel less than worthy?
How often a day do you feel like you aren’t enough as you are?
Our whole culture is built around telling us that we aren’t enough.
You might wake up feeling ok but then you open your closet, look in the mirror, turn on your phone, and the messages begin:
you will hear you’re not pretty enough, not thin enough, not fit enough, not rich enough, not powerful enough, not popular enough, not …enough…
We hear these messages over and over again and forget that we have been named beloved.
We are beloved and that is enough.
YOU are beloved and that is enough.
It is enough.
You are enough.
Questions for Discussion:
Say, out loud, “I am a child of God, and I am enough.”
Remind yourself and others of their innate belovedness this week.
Counteract the messages heard from all around with love.
P.S. If you or someone you know is interested in baptism, we have a class coming up on January 22nd at 10am. Join us! Click here for more information.