Three Transformations, One Transformer
The changes one experience in life often comes unexpectedly; all it takes sometimes is one word or even an invisible touch. However, not all these changes are so much unexpected because some are very much premeditated. The similarity between these two different cases lies within the ultimate results of the change, i.e. whether it withers away or it lives on. The northern Caribbean University, a Seventh Day Adventist Christian institution is one place where people of all walks of life may be subject to some form of drastic change.
Ronell Kelly a student at the Northern Caribbean University is what they would call a testimony to a drastic change during his tenure. It all went down in 2009 and it only took one day for him to make this one decision that would change his entire life and the event was called “week of prayer.” After hearing the pastor outline the requirements of heaven and listing baptism as a vital one in addition to in depth Bible studying with missionaries in the field, Mr. Kelly was left to ponder by himself and make that decision. He decided on that Sabbath night to give his life to God and this was not instigated by the Holy Spirit he says, but only from the facts of the Bible. With this being said, he got baptized on that Sabbath afternoon and there he declared that his life was solely the possession of God. This decision to transition from being of the world to being a Christian now, had such a major impact on Mr. Kelly as he said that it affected not only his spiritual life but also his academic and his social life. He outlined that after being baptized on that day, his grades improved significantly and not only that but he was also now a calmer individual and had friends who loved and respected him anyways.
God is the creator of all things and so Christians promote baptism to s great extreme. As a child almost every parent in Jamaica sent their child/children to church while they grew up whether on a Sunday or a Saturday. However, many times, it is left up to that child to decide whether or not he or she gets baptized. Some of these children get old and still don’t get baptized, some do when they are still considered a child while others wait on adulthood before they embark on that journey.
Devern Sutherland was no exception to this rule as he was sent to church weekly on Saturdays by his parents even if they were not going. Devern now attends Northern Caribbean University and still attends church, however, the difference now is, Devern is now baptized. In 2010 during Northern Caribbean University’s annual week of prayer, Devern decided to become a Christian. However, he did not premeditate that moment like, Mr. Kelly did, he claimed that he was touched and spoken to by the Holy Spirit. Today, Devern maintains a strong relationship with God and consults Him before making any decisions and he also stated that his academic performance continued to show significant improvement and that he says is a result of him being a Christian.
The tables turn sometimes and baptism has different effect on different individuals. Theo Gordon says he was touched by the Holy Spirit during week of prayer in 2009 and he said it was only for the moment. His life changed but that change was temporary, it took no time for him to go back to his old ways. His relationship with God was stagnant and his academic life did not change much.
Change is inevitable, but one can decide how that change affects his or her life at times. There are some things in life that no matter how it comes about, it is going to be a major change in life. One of those transformers that allows for a momentous change in one’s life is baptism. One is now left to wonder, “Does baptism make the individual or does it break them?”