Truth good friend<quoted text>
True disciples are called to lay something down....
How does this fit into being baptized as an infant/small child???
"Let him deny himself"
20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
How could anyone apply this verse to an infant being baptized???
On the surface, the first thing is that Paul was already a pretty old guy, and a Jew, before he repented and became a Christian, not an infant or a child. So Gal 2:20 is not the central issue in baptism. But as a Jew it seems he lived according to the various laws including circumcision, which is a "sign" of faith back to Abraham.
Likewise, baptism is a "sign" of faith, in similar manner as circumcision.
So I think baptism (especially of infants) is not so much a "laying down" as what you mean in the sense of being dead and buried with Christ, as much as it is a "sign" of faith.
Signs have a pretty expansive meaning and understanding. But in short, in the case of circumcision and baptism it is observable as a seal of a covenant....