I read this recently in my church bulletin. Author unknown:
A lady recently had been baptized into Christ. One of her co-workers asked her what it was like to be a Christian. She was caught off guard and didn’t know how to answer. However, she looked up and saw a jack-o-lantern on the desk. She answered, ”It’s like being a pumpkin.” The co-worker asked her to explain.
“Well, God picks you from the patch and brings you in and washes off all the dirt on the outside that you got from lying on the ground in the pumpkin patch. Then He cuts off the top and takes out all the yucky stuff from inside. He removes all those seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc. Then he carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all to see. It is our choice to either stay outside and rot on the vine or come inside and be something new and bright.
Romans 6:3-6 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore, we are buried with him by baptism into his 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. For if we have been planted together in his likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of is resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
If calling on the name of the Lord saves you, then we must see how Paul called on the name of the Lord in Demascus.
He had been there praying and Ananias told him in Acts: 22:16, And why tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
Do it God’s way, not man’s way. Hear, repent, confess, and be baptized for the remission of sin.