A young man approached the pastor and said, “I think I want to be baptized.”
The pastor replied, “You think? Don’t you know?”
“I guess I’m ready,” replied the young man.
The pastor nodded and reached his hand out to shake the young man’s hand. As the young man returned the gesture, the pastor grabbed him around the neck and put him in a headlock.
The young man, shocked at the sudden maneuver, started to laugh at the embarrassing situation he found himself in.
The pastor tightened his grip and the young man became serious, and then began to struggle for air.
When the pastor thought the young man had just about enough, he let go. The young man dropped to his knees, gasping for air.
The pastor said, “When you want Jesus as bad as you want air, then you’re ready for baptism.”
(Thanks Brian for the story.)