Israel experienced a type of baptism in passing through the Red Sea on the last day of Unleavened Bread. Baptism symbolizes death, burial, and resurrection.
Baptism symbolizes a burial and resurrection, or the crucifixion of the carnal self. After a person realizes his ways have been wrong, he should counsel for baptism.
Like the marriage covenant, counting the cost is the most serious part of the baptismal agreement, not something to be taken lightly.
The offerings have a great deal to do with our relationship with God. How closely do we identify with Christ? Are we being transformed into His image?
It is bad enough when we dwell on our own character flaws, but we greatly compound this habit when we dwell on other people's past sins and transgressions.