Year’s ago when I was still in High School a lady gave a testimony in our church right before she was baptized, and she said “I found God!” She then laughed and said, “He was with me all along, I just didn’t know it, so I guess what I mean is, I chose to follow Him and to obey Him as Lord of my life, and my baptism is a picture of my surrender to Him as Lord of my life. When I go under the water I am dying to self, that is, I am no longer in charge of my life, Jesus Christ is, and when I come up out of the water it is a picture of me being raised from the dead with Jesus Christ, and He is now in charge of every detail of my life.” At that point in my Christian life I had never chosen to be baptized, but that ladies testimony prompted me to choose to be baptized the next month. Every morning now I declare Jesus as Lord of my life. I remind myself of my baptism, I have died to me being in charge of my life, Jesus is king, I have been raised from the dead to newness of life. It has been an uphill battle ever since, but it has been uphill, I am growing closer to Him every day!