I am glad David and Kim put this devotion in their book. Over the course of reading it we may have started to develop an entirely negative view of the horizontal, but that's not entirely accurate. We still have to do the horizontal things, at least some of them, but need to do so with our mind on the vertical implications.
We could talk about baptism all day, and there would be many different voices heard even within our own congregation I am sure! But the devotion this morning isn't a theological treatise on the nature, power, and implications of baptism. David points out that we should look for signs of God's pleasure when we do that which pleases him. I agree, but I also want to balance that view with a warning.
7 “Will any one of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and recline at table’?8 Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, and dress properly,and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink’?9 Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? 10 So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We areunworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.’”
My point is that we should not expect and special recognition for doing what we have already been commanded to do. Living in accordance with the teachings of Jesus isn't something something that we get extra credit for, it's what he requires of us. On the other hand, our God is a loving Father, and good parent doesn't like to spoil their kids when they do something good, even if they had to be told to do it? Look for signs of God's approval, but also be content knowing that your Father in Heaven is pleased with your obedience.