The Gospel In A Bathtub

I’m standing in the wings making my bed for the first time today. It’s about 6:00 ish in the p.m. and the girls are in the tub. Wondering if I’m messing up my kids, I pull the cotton snowman sheets over the mattress. Oh yes my sisters, snowmen and flannel in May.

That’s right, y’all!

Through the archway into the bathroom, I hear my daughter’s seven year old self conducting a baptism in the tub. Who is she baptizing you ask? My four year old, of course. Samantha preaches, “Do you believe in the cross? Do you understand the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus?” I hear a faint, “Uuuggghhh, Noohh,” echo into mid-air. Just as I turn the corner where carpet meets the tile, “Splash and swoosh… full on baptism ensues.

I begin to think of the cross; and how it sometimes splashes outside the tub of contemporary Christianity. We as believers must be mastered by one thing; obsessed by one thing; consumed by one thingthe cross of Christ. If our lives aren’t mastered by this one thing, our lives will be wasted.

I want my life to count, don’t you?

The cross is important because it:

Confronts us with the reality of our sin;

Comforts us with the provision of our Savior;

Reminds us our safety is not in this world (Gal 6:12); and

Keeps us from wasting our lives on this world.

Oh how I want to add the words of Paul into my vocabulary, “I am dead to the world and the world is dead to me.” I want my kids to know the road paved with worldly security brings emptiness, while Calvary’s road brings perfect promise.

I may not do this mama thing right, but those splashes in the bathtub tell a different story. One that assures me the foundation we’re building begins and ends with the cross of Christ.

Unlike the snowman flannels, Calvary love that spills over wooden beams onto wretches like us…. never goes out of season.

“As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross,[a] my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died,” (Gal. 6:14, NLT).

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10 Responses

05.15.12

Love this, Kelli! Beautiful encouragement!
Eileen recently posted..UnlearningMy Profile

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05.15.12

I love this and you my sister have an Evangelist on your hands..Praise GOD
Desiray recently posted..Burnt and Grain OfferingsMy Profile

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Oh, Kelli…..I’m thinkin’ this is probably my favorite post from you, girl! LOVE the way you brought this together and what a beautiful thing happening right there in your own bathtub (only FEET away from the flannel snowman sheets in May, LOL). LOVE it and love you, too, my friend.
Great job!
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05.15.12

Okay, you gotta get this baptism on camera next time… you’ll want that to watch forever! And in case they ever forget who they are you can pull it out! So cute. I love this… “the road paved with worldly security brings emptiness, while Calvary’s road brings perfect promise” Amen, I’m standing on the promise! Love you… great post!

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05.15.12

Wow-I love this Bible verse. This will be my memory verse for the week. Our children need the solid firm foundation in the cross. That is all that truly matters-so that they will be God-glorifying adults that are not tossed to and fro in this world!

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Kelli, this is POW-ER-FUL! I want my faith to splash out of the confines of my tub. I want ALL of Him! I want to relentlessly pursue the cross and the One who sacrificed all for me.
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05.15.12

Kelli,
What a wonderful post! I visualized your kids playing the baptism game in the tub! As we grow closer to The Cross, the world becomes less appealing, yes. And, we become less appealing to the world. That’s just His way of readying and refining us for His glory. May our lives “splash” all over this old world, bring light and love, to those who desire to SEE. ~Blessings!
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05.15.12

Love this, Kelli!
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05.15.12

Kelli, a delightful post. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.

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05.15.12

That was sunshine to my soul!!! I want my life to count too and to be able to say follow me cause I’m following Him!
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