A few weeks ago, we had the privilege of baptizing Bryson Maikranz at Soma Downtown. Baptism is one of the most significant events in the Christian life: it's the moment we publicly acknowledge our faith in Jesus and our hope to be found in his life, death, and resurrection. Here's the testimony Bryson prepared for his baptism:
I grew up in a small town in southern Indiana. My family attended church, where I was baptized as an infant. Growing up, faith in my family was reserved for Sunday mornings.
As I grew up, I developed a performance lifestyle that made me work hard to be the well-behaved ‘good kid’. I went through our church’s confirmation process without realizing that Christianity is a relationship and not the list of do’s and don’ts I was living.
Throughout high school, I continued to live out my self-centered life. This led to multiple unhealthy, self-seeking relationships. This pattern of calling myself a Christian while living to glorify myself continued when I went to college. After losing many relationships due to my selfish lifestyle, I became desperate for change. I became desperate for community.
At that point, God surrounded me with people that truly loved Jesus. Over the rest of the year, I began to realize how I had not been living like a Christian and began to trust and depend on God. My remaining time in college was fruitful as I grew in Christ. I ended my college career radically different than I started, and was so thankful for that process.
After college, God poured his grace on me in a new way. He allowed me to marry my dear love, Rachel, and begin our lives together. Since then, he has been working in my heart to make me a better leader in our marriage, while navigating the struggles of this life. Recently, God has again extended His amazing grace and called me to fatherhood. I am eagerly awaiting the birth of our daughter and the opportunities and challenges that are to come.
Looking back, I am reminded that God always shows up; often in the most unexpected ways. I am comforted by the knowledge and experience of God’s love. I know that God will always be at work against my sinful heart and I can’t wait to see His plan unfold in my life.