8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance…
9 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into fire
One of the best events or experience I ever had in life was during my One 2 One; it is when I was finally set free, for I was able to let go of all the tings that I have been carrying, I was able to unload the luggage in my heart as I boldly share my old rotten life to my One 2 One partner. Now that I have been leading a One 2 One, and shares about repentance, these lines never fail to amaze me – “Turning to God means no looking back and no regrets. Godly sorrow produces true repentance and a changed life.” And in this verse from Luke simply reminds me that repentance is not a one time big time thing, repentance transforms us everyday because as we cut off the old rotten part of us, a new branch will grow that will produce good fruit.
10 What shall we do then? the crowd asked.
16 John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But more powerful than I will come… He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
It took me 6 years to finally be baptized in water, for I was so hesitant and filled with excuses every time. But I do believe that God’s time is always the best time. I met my savior at the age of 15, received a gift from the spirit at 19, and at 22, I was finally baptized by water in the name of Jesus. I had my baptism last May, and that was the best decision I made in life – declaring out a life in Christ. Many people still asks me, why do I have to go on baptism again for I was baptized when I was only 2 months old, but I will just reply, “In my baptism, I did not killed my religion, I died with my sins, and now I’m alive with not just a religion but in a deeper relationship to God.
In my repentance and baptism, I am now able to say that I am a Born-again Christian, the old is gone and the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17), not for the sake of religiosity but in a deeper meaning of relationship.
22 and the Holy Spirit descended on Him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you, I am well pleased.”
This verse reminds me of the best day of my life during my Victory Weekend, May 26, 2012 – the day of my baptism. There was no dove from heaven, but the spirit is in me. In my heart, I know God is telling me, “my daughter, I love you; and with your life in my Son, Jesus Christ, I am well pleased.”