Following Jesus is all about relationship. Living in a relationship with a person that you cannot see is not always easy. But the compelling thing about Jesus is how consistently He takes the initiative with us. A pastor during the first century once wrote that Jesus loved us before we were able to love Him. That is how we understand baptism, Jesus taking the initiative: loving us before we are able to love Him. Using water, we baptize people of all ages in God’s name just as he told us; realizing that it is always Jesus who takes the initiative to establish relationship.