Last night, my little man, Max, accepted Jesus Christ as his Saviour. For the past several months, he’s been asking so many questions and working all of this out in his heart and mind. He’s been asking about death, what happens when we die, where our bodies go, how do we get to heaven, where is Jesus, and many more questions that could stump a Bible scholar. Why did Uncle Jamie get cancer? How is he in heaven if his body is in the ground? Ugh. Last night he asked a very tough question- “what happens if people don’t choose Jesus”. Wow. Explaining hell to a 6 year old is not fun. You want to give them a free pass that says- no not you buddy! But instead, we carefully explain truth and God’s Word in the most age appropriate way we know how. Max wants all the information before making a decision. It’s his personality. He wants to know all the choices and the consequences of those choices. This is how the conversation needed to go for HIM. The light bulb seemed to come on when he said “so people CHOOSE what they want”. Wow again. He gets it more than most adults! We all have a decision to make. We either believe Jesus is the Son of God and that He came to save us from death, sin, and hell, or we don’t. We either accept Him in our hearts, or we don’t. The Bible says God has placed eternity in the hearts of men. That’s why we search for answers to life’s biggest questions about eternity.
A few minutes later Max said a sincere prayer proclaiming that he wants to choose Jesus. A breathtaking moment. Not because of the words he used, but because of the condition of his precious little heart. This is our biggest prayer for our children. We pray for their health, their futures, their safety, their emotional and physical well-being, but most importantly- we’ve prayed that they would choose Jesus, and recognize Him as the Lord of their lives. This is the the single most important decision of their lives. It affects their eternity.
This is also, only the beginning. The most important step in a beautiful, lifelong relationship with The Lord. It makes me so sad when I hear of Christians who are more concerned with being right, than being in a relationship. That relationship is what transforms us, molds us, guides us, teaches us, and gives us the fruits of the spirit- fruits that I pray to see in myself and my children. Fruits that only come by living a life walking with God. Love. Joy. Peace. Patience, Kindness. Goodness. Faithfulness. Gentleness. Self-Control. Who wouldn’t want these beautiful qualities in their lives and the lives of their children? We cannot rely on ourselves for this. Human effort won’t cut it. It comes by way of relationship with Christ, and letting Him infuse every area of your life. Just as we cannot save ourselves from hell and our own sins, we cannot “earn” or “try really hard” to have these qualities. They come from God.
So, as I rejoice that my prayer for Chloe and Max’s salvation has been answered, my next prayer for their lives is this:
Freedom from Rules and New Life in Christ:
“And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow Him. Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught and you will overflow with thankfulness. Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. For in Christ lives all the fullness of god in a human body. So you are complete through your union with Christ who is the head over every ruler and authority.” Colossians 2:6-10
Let it be so, Lord. Thank You for this Gift. Thank you for your love, grace and mercy. May we extend it to others always.