Inwardly Transformed

Lieder der Hutterischen Brüder, 570

Inwardly transformed through the Word, the water of baptism becomes our second witness—the water of testimony poured over us. Baptism is the seal on which God gives the pledge of his Holy Ghost, proving that he has accepted us.

When we receive it, we may know that we belong to him and that he will lead us into all truth. Then we enter the temple, the Church of God, to live every day with the pious in total sacrifice.

True love—love that is God—does its work in us so we may let go of all things temporal and hold community of goods in the pattern of Christ.

Christ walked before us in word, life, and deed, sharing everything he had with the rest, all the time. “If you will be perfect, let everything go,” he says, “and give your things to the poor.”

So if we follow him, we will let go of everything we have, like the apostles, to live in community with him. One spirit will direct all the members of Christ’s body, the Church, and everyone will live for the good of the other, pleasing God. Safe in the ark, safe in Zoar the little city, God’s children in community will escape his burning wrath to come.

Hans Schmidt,        -1558, Raiffach, Tirol, Austria

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