Survivor, author and reality TV star Bear Grylls checked an item off his bucket list this fall as he was baptized in the Jordan River, fulfilling what he called one of my lifelong “dreams”.
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“I have always dreamed of entering the water in which Jesus was baptized by my hero, John the Baptist,” Grylls wrote in an article on X. “The story is so incredible, (and) it seems wherever Jesus went, this new birth, this new life, this new vision followed.
He then directed his disciples to the New Testament book of Luke, who “was probably a Syrian doctor before he met Jesus” and wrote “a reliable and poignant account of (Jesus’) life.”
I have always dreamed of entering the water in which Jesus was baptized by my hero John the Baptist. The story is so amazing, and it seems that wherever Jesus went, a new birth, a new life, a new vision followed. Luke (in the Bible) was probably a Syrian doctor before he met… pic.twitter.com/YwcEwL1ewh
-Bear Grylls OBE (@BearGrylls) October 2, 2023
Grylls, 49, has long spoken openly about his Christian faith.
During an interview with CBN News several years ago, the TV personality said he “always had a really natural faith growing up.”
“Where I knew God existed, it was very free, quite wild and natural, and it wasn’t religious,” he said. “Then I went to school and all of a sudden everything got a lot more religious, and I was like, ‘Oh, I don’t like that.’ It was all about going to church and being told not to smoke behind the bike shed when you’re 12 years old.
It wasn’t until he was 16, Grylls says, that he really developed a real relationship with Jesus. It was then that Grylls lost his godfather, whom he describes as “a second father to me”.
“(Her death came) completely unexpectedly, and it was a real shock to me,” he recalls. “I remember wanting to pray, but not knowing how to do it, and I remember sitting on this tree and saying a very simple prayer that said: ‘Will you be to me that friend that you were when I was five or six years old and that seemed natural to you? Amen.'”
He added: “And it was actually a prayer to find a faith. And I think for life it’s always a continuous journey of not letting too many religious things cloud the heart of faith, which is very simple. It’s about being loved. It’s about being forgiven. It’s about finding a home. And these are big things that we all need.
Of course, as Christians we are called to gather in community and fellowship with other believers for the purpose of serving one another and seeking accountability and discipleship.
The author of Hebrews 10:24-25 writes: “And let us consider how we may stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some , but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day approaching” (ESV).
And in James 5:16, Jesus’ brother wrote, “Therefore confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.” The prayer of a righteous person has great power because it works” (ESV).
Pray for Grylls as he continues his relationship with the Lord.