“And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.
But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them,
Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not:
for of such is the kingdom of God.” Mark 10:13-14
“Jesus loves me this I know. For the Bible tells me so.” I love to sing but God did not give me a talent for it. As a young child, it didn’t matter. The junior choir at my church let any child who could speak, and some who weren’t yet fluent in speech, join. Our mouths moved, sometimes with the right words but more often not, and our hands mimicked our leader’s motions. “Jesus Loves Me” was and still is my favorite.
Among the great stories of salvation, mine would rank normal by most. But each person’s salvation story is the greatest one ever told by that one person. And to think it all began with God promising Abraham he would be a blessing to all(as we discovered in Monday’s post). Jesus brought the fulfillment of God’s promise to all – including children.
I squirmed in my pew the last night of our church revival. It wasn’t because this ten-year-old was board. With every word the visiting evangelist spoke, he looked at me. Why me? I wanted out – some place to hide from his eyes. I didn’t realize it wasn’t him looking into my heart but the Holy Spirit. There would have been no place to hide.
Some say a person can’t receive salvation from fear. I’m here to tell you, “Yes, you can.” The evangelist presented the two choices from God’s word.
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23.
He made hell real and eternal life real. As the final song, “Just As I Am” was sung I “walked the aisle” as it was called back then and found freedom from fear and hope of eternal life through Jesus Christ at the church’s altar.
That’s the beginning of my salvation story. To those who have come to the Lord from what the world and even Christians call the depths of sin –addictions, sinful lifestyles, murderers, etc. – my story doesn’t sound fantastic. But I came at ten the same as they come at whatever age or background they come from. I came a sinner doomed to suffer death. But Jesus raised me to new life. I am fortunate and blessed not to have experienced the heartaches and regrets that some experience. This privilege places a great responsibility upon life.
Jesus told his disciples several times to be ready for his coming again. They heard his words and followed him from the beginning. Then in a parable, He says,
- “And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
- But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes.
- For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required:
- and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.” Luke 12:47-48
My common story is unique to me. For as the invitation goes out to all the world, it came to me personally through the Holy Spirit, on the day of my salvation. Salvation comes to each in the person of the Holy Spirit of Christ wherever He finds one ready to receive him. And it can come at any age understanding begins.
“And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation
both of men and women,
and all that could hear with understanding,
upon the first day of the seventh month.
And he read therein … from the morning until midday …”
The Apostle Paul writes in Romans that faith comes by hearing God’s word. It is never to late to teach our children the word of God nor never too early. Their hearts are eager to receive.
Ours is to be faithful to –
- “Preach the word;
- be instant in season, out of season;
- reprove, rebuke, exhort
- with all longsuffering and doctrine.” 2 Timothy 4:2
Remembering – “Today is the day of salvation.”
Jesus’ Promise: “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” John 6:37
Brenda writes, “I was a child and I was with my mom when I accepted Christ as my Savior”
There is no greater blessing than coming to the Lord early in life. I hope you will visit Brenda’s web site at becominghistapestry.com. You will be blessed. Thank you, for sharing.
What about you, have you accepted the Lord’s salvation? If so, as a child or adult? If not, why? It’s not too late.