If you were to a make a list of some vital things you need in life, what would you put on it? Would it be a cell phone, T.V., or computer? What about water? How often do you consider the vital role water plays in your life?
- Roughly 70 percent of an adult’s body is made up of water.
- Somewhere between 70 and 75 percent of the earth’s surface is covered with water.
- Nearly half of the water used in America is used in producing hydroelectric power.
- About 6,800 gallons of water is required to grow a day’s worth of food for a family of four.
- In the United States there is more than 20 times more water underground than in all the lakes and rivers in the country.
- Forty percent of the atmosphere’s moisture falls as precipitation each day.
- On average, Americans use 183 gallons of water a day for cooking, washing, flushing, and watering purposes. The average family turns on the tap between 70 and 100 times daily!
- Flushing the toilet requires two to seven gallons of water. About 2 gallons of water is used to brush our teeth.
- Forty trillion gallons of water a day are carried in the atmosphere across the United States.
- People need about 2.5 quarts of water a day to maintain good health. A person can live about a month without food, but only about a week without water.
In the Bible we learn that God has used water at various times to accomplish His will.
- It was through water that God brought judgment on a sinful world in the time of Noah. For forty days God used rain to cover and destroy the world in a global flood (Genesis 6:5, 17; 7:10-12).
- It was through water that God saved Noah and his family. While much of the world was wiped out in the flood, one man found favor in the eyes of God. This man was Noah. God told Noah to build an ark and while the flood covered the earth, he and seven members of his family “were brought safely through the water” (1 Peter 3:20).
- It was through water that God blessed Israel and punished Egypt. After their exodus from Egyptian slavery, God miraculously parted the Red Sea for His people, while drowning the Egyptian army that was pursuing them (Exodus 14:13-31).
- It was through water that God healed Naaman of his leprosy. Despite initial resistance, after dipping seven times in the Jordan River the Syrian army leader, Naaman, was cleansed of his terrible disease (2 Kings 5:8-14; Luke 5:7).
- God also uses water in His plan of salvation. The following verses make this point crystal clear.
“Jesus answers, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God”’ (John 3:5).
“Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” (Acts 10:47).
Going back to the example of Noah, Peter says, “…eight persons were saved through water. Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you” (1 Peter 3:20-21 RSV).
The Bible is clear. Water baptism does play a critical role in our salvation. Contrary to what many believe, a person cannot be saved by faith alone (James 2:24). After believing in Jesus, he must be baptized (immersed) in water to come into contact with the blood of Jesus (Romans 6:1-4; Mark 16:15-16). Only then can he get his sins washed away (Acts 22:16)!
Have you obeyed God when it comes to this? If not, what are you going to do? Will you harden your heart to this truth? Or, humbly submit to the will of God?
By Shawn Jeffries