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Nothing in the water

Water is a great delivery system. It brings not only moisture to the plant and its cells, but also nutrients.

I used to use an attachment for my hose that sprayed Miracle-Gro plant food on my ornamentals. Now that I am back to using mostly organic methods, I use water to soak pokeweed plants or manure until a nutrient rich “tea” is rendered.

But I got to thinking, that it’s not what’s in the water that matters, so much as getting the nutrition to the plants.

Look at it this way; I can set up a disgusting, smelly system in my garage to make a concoction soaking manure in water. I can hope nobody knocks this over inadvertently, making a hideous mess. Then I can clog up a good sprayer by using this “manure tea.”

Or, I can do it an easier way. I can put the manure or rotting plants (compost) in the soil around the plants, and then put mulch over the top. I can let the rainwater seep through the “organic fertilizer” directly on that site and let the plants enjoy the nutrients that nature provides.

The water is crucial in getting the benefits to the plants, but there isn’t always something in the water.

Last month, Carrie Underwood released “Something In the Water.” It’s a song about baptism, a subject long shunned by not only country artists, but unfortunately by today’s churches.

No doubt it’s a good thing to put a spotlight on baptism again. It seems the subject is ignored in order to avoid appearing as if too much emphasis is placed on “works” rather than “faith.” Those who have been steadfast in proclaiming Bible baptism have seen their teaching labeled as “water salvation.”

Ironically enough, this song may inadvertently be giving that very impression. I don’t know the history of the song, nor the heart of the artist. I would like to think that the phrase is more “tongue-in-cheek” than anything, as she sings about the changed life that can come about by this act of obedient faith.

And truly, the song is meant as entertainment, not worship. A quick look at the video will make that abundantly clear. As an art form, the singer can give “credit” to the water while she and, hopefully, her listeners know that it’s not really the water.

The waters of baptism, like the water that I use to water my plants, are just a means of delivery. It delivers that blessed, blessed salvation that the Lord freely gives.

The water itself does not do a thing. There is nothing in the water. The obedient heart, when touched by God’s own words, is what is changed, through the cleansing blood of Christ. The mighty work of God is done on the heart, and in the heart. If the heart is not changed sufficiently enough to submit to Jesus’ instruction to be baptized, then it cannot be changed by baptism, either.

These waters are crucial as the soul comes into contact with the precious blood of Christ.

“Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4, NASB).

While there is nothing in the water, the water is vitally necessary to our soul’s salvation (1 Peter 3:21).

“Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name” (Acts 22:16).

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Christine (Tina) Berglund

Christine lives in middle Tennessee with her husband Gary, a.k.a. "The Yard Boy." They have served churches in eight states where Gary has preached full-time most of their married lives. The children have flown the nest, but they "baby" their plants now, and even get to visit grandchildren once in a while.

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2 thoughts on “Nothing in the water

  1. This is truth! We are commanded to be baptized. The confession is just the first step. It is the obedience that God expects. Not to be confused with works. It is only the grace of God that saves us. Baptism is commanded by him and it is something I will forever teach. Repent and be Baptized for the remission of your sins. Acts 2:38. I Love Gary and Tina both. They were a part of my awful adolescent years. However the very time I came to know Christ and was baptized.

  2. Thank you, Suzanne! We are blessed to have been part of the “awful adolescent years.” And so proud of the wonderful lady you have become, and your part in being the Christian example to your nephews as they were baptized! We love you so much.

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