Whether you spell it baptistry or baptistery (both are correct), it’s still a tank filled with water for baptizing new believers in Christ.
Our Teaching Pastor is Kyle Idleman. He’s the author of several books, such as Not a Fan and his most recent one Grace is Greater: God’s Plan to Overcome Your Past, Redeem Your Pain, and Rewrite Your Story.
In a recent sermon, he told about the first church he pastored. It was a small church with about 30 members. As they were showing him around the building, he looked down into the baptistry. But there was no water. What did he see? Folding chairs! It was stacked full of folding chairs.
If you’ve been a reader for a while, you know something like this makes my brain go boing!
It made me think: what is our heart filled with?
What folding chairs of sin have we stacked up in the baptistry (you know, that place where our sins have been washed away) of our heart?
Do we unfold the chairs of selfishness, pride, anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, anxiety, doubt, worry, grudges, adultery, or gossip and offer them a seat?
In an episode of Family Matters (if you’re unfamiliar with this show, you can read about it here), Laura, the daughter, is having a conversation with her nerdy neighbor, and a klutz to boot, and sort-of friend Steve Urkel, who loves Laura with all his heart but she has trouble tolerating him.
In the episode with the conversation, Laura was a freshman in high school and just joined the cheerleader team. However, the team thumbed their noses at her, treating her like old gum on the soles of their shoes.
Laura was very hurt and Steve wanted to know what was bothering her. As Laura talked with Steve, she tried to ask him how he handled being constantly treated so spitefully, but she had a hard time getting the words out.
The conversation went like this:
Steve: “They treat you the way people treat me?”
Laura: “Yeah. How do you stand it, Steve?”
Steve: “Well, I just don’t let it bother me.”
Laura: “Well, you mean like laughing on the outside while crying on the inside?”
Steve: “No way! Why, if you cry on the inside, sooner or later, your insides mildew!”
Laura: “Then, how do you hide the hurt?”
Steve: “You don’t! Why, I’ve learned that if you fill your heart with hope, there won’t be any room for hurt!” ***
Are we that way? Do we fill our heart with hope and love and all good things of the Lord so that there is no room for the unwanted junk? Do we keep the baptistry of our heart cleansed?
Or maybe we take away the chair in our heart that we’ve given to the Lord, shoving Him off and giving it to some disobedience, doubt, or worry? How can peace, love, or hope dwell in that heart?
What is the baptistry of your heart filled with? What kind of chairs have you folded up and stacked there?
Praying for you, that the baptistry of your heart be always cleansed and filled with all good things of the Lord.
Blessings of all good things…Lynn