“See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” (Acts 8:36)
God breaks all hurdles. The hurdles may be from man or from traditions are from Christians themselves, He clears them all. He cleared the hurdles of Pharaoh and the Red sea to baptise the children of Israel. “They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea” (I Corinthians 10:2).
In the 8th chapter of Acts we read about a eunuch from Ethiopia coming to Jerusalem to worship. God knew what this man had in his heart and sent Phillip. When Phillip preached about Jesus Christ the heart of the Ethiopian man was touched. The eunuch said “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” On hearing this Phillip baptised him.
God never likes the delays. Tomorrow is not yours. Now is the accepted time and now is the day of Salvation. When you do all things to be done to God without delay or hesitation, in turn He will clear all the hindrances you have been facing.
One day a sister came to me and told that her 84 year father was dying. She also said that he was not in his sense but her main request was for me to go to her house and baptise her father. I told her “There is no sense in giving Baptism to a man who is not in his sense. He has to repent for all the sins he has committed and seek pardon from the Lord. He should declare with faith that Christ died and arose for his sake. When the situation is not so, there is no use in baptising him.”
I also asked her what she had been all along until her father’s position becoming so worse. She was unable to answer my queries. “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16).
“”I tell you the truth; no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit (John 3:5). Immersing Baptism is one among God’s commands and you need to obey it. Why should people make issue of this tiny matter and argue unnecessarily? What will you do if your entry to heaven is denied after death because of this. Never make delay in obeying to God’s commands.
“And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16).