Lieder der Hutterischen Brüder, 570
“Come to me,” Christ says, “and I will teach you. Become like me and you will inherit the Kingdom. If you repent, suffering and dying with me, persevering to the end, you will be saved.”
To repent is to become truly humble before God and his people. It is to become teachable and sincere, like a child, in new-found peace. As long as we live in sin we have no rest and do not know which way to turn. Though we seek it, we cannot find communion with God and his church.
But as soon as we seal our covenant with three witnesses in heaven, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, and three witnesses on earth, the Spirit, water, and blood, our lives line up with the Word and teaching of Christ. We let go of the devil, the world, and of all our earthly possessions.
We let go of our bodies and our lives, all our relatives, and even our own understanding. We take our leave from fleshly desires, throwing them onto the ground, and walk away. Then, if the witness of God’s presence is with us, we desire baptism from the Christian Church, through which we bind ourselves to him.
Given to God and bound in commitment to his holy community with our whole lives and everything we could possibly have, we become members of Christ’s body to serve him in word and deed. With our whole lives, and in unfailing resolution, we serve him through serving others in true community with God, his Son, the Holy Ghost, and the Church Christ bought at the price of his blood.
Hans Schmidt, -1558, Raiffach, Tirol, Austria