Baptism is not a one time event, but the beginning of a special lifelong relationship with God. No one would ever expect a newborn to physically remain a baby. Likewise, God does not expect the baptized to spiritually remain the same. Our baptism is not an isolated event, but a lifetime of renewals and rememberings that strengthen our relationship with God. God promises each of us, at the font, that he will be with us every day until we reach our heavenly home. God, therefore, expects that every day we would turn away from our relationship to our old nature in order to turn toward our new nature with Christ. Daily, the Holy Spirit within us is stirred up in order to renew our relationship with Christ. It is the daily work of the Holy Spirit that gives us the ability to respond to God’s gift of Christ within our souls. Day after day, we can grow in recognizing God at work within our daily lives. As we daily remember our baptism we grow in our ability to recognize the Spirit at work with our lives. Some days, the Spirit’s work in our lives is obvious and meaningful; some days it is not. Nevertheless, the work of the Holy Spirit that began in our baptism remains a powerful presence in our lives. As the Spirit conforms our faith to Christ, we are able to participate in Christ’s mission of redemption to make all things new. In his Small Catechism, Luther describes what baptism means for daily living: It means that our old sinful self, with all its evil deeds and desires, should be drowned through daily repentance; and that day after day a new self should arise to live with God in righteousness and purity forever. When we invite the Holy Spirit to drown our old nature of sin, with all its evil deeds and desires, we are saying, I can’t save myself, I need your help! We never get too old or too righteous to not depend upon the Spirit’s help to die to self and rise to a new life with Christ. Baptism is a once-and-for-all act of God, which takes one’s whole life to finish.