Today, my son Nathan asked Jesus to be his Savior and come live in his heart!
We’ve discussed how Jesus died on the cross for our sins. How all we have to do is ask Him to forgive us for being sinful and to live in our hearts and we will go to heaven to live with Him forever one day. Nathan has been very interested – especially with Easter recently – and has asked many questions. But up until today, when it came down to it, he didn’t seem to fully understand the concept.
But today it seemed to become crystal clear to him.
We sat down to read Bible together as we (almost) always do each morning. I told Nathan to pick out a Bible story book and he brought over one of my favorites – Ella Lindvall’s “Read Aloud Bible Stories.” If you aren’t familiar with this series, I highly recommend them. They are simple, colorful Bible stories that are fun to read and easy for children of all ages to understand. We had them when I was growing up too. I remember my mom reading the story of Daniel to my little brother time and time again. And now I read them to my own children. I never would have guessed that one of the stories would be used as tool to lead my son to the Lord though! How amazing!
Today, Nathan picked out this one:
He wanted me to read the story “A Sad Day and a Happy Day.”
…Nathan started asking questions.
“Why is there a hole in Jesus’s hand?”
I explained that that was where a nail had been put into Jesus’s hand when he was nailed to the cross.
“Why did Jesus die on the cross?”
And I told Nathan that Jesus allowed Himself to be nailed to the cross and killed so that He could take our sins away and we could go to heaven to be with Him one day.
Nathan immediately said “I want to go to heaven too!”
I asked him if he wanted Jesus to come live in his heart and Nathan said “Yes, I do, Mommy!”
So we prayed together. A very simple prayer. But one with the innocence and simple faith of a child. Something like this: “Dear Jesus, please forgive me for being sinful. Please take away my sin and come live in my heart. Thank You!”
Afterwards, Nathan asked if he would go to heaven now. I said yes he would! And that Jesus was very happy and lived in his heart now. I explained that Jesus would be his best friend and was always there for him. Nathan said “I want to go to heaven NOW so I can really see Jesus. He’s invisible here even though He is here!”
I told him that he will go to heaven one day when Jesus wants him to, but for now Jesus wants him to live here and live for Him. I also explained that Jesus wants us to tell others about Him.
I heard Nathan telling Abby, our dog, about Jesus later.
Such an amazing day. I was practically in tears the whole time Nathan was asking questions and we were praying. My son has accepted Jesus! What an amazing day. What an awesome responsibility we as parents have toward our children. Wow.
I know some people don’t think young children can really grasp the concept of salvation, but I think it’s absolutely possible. Nathan is 6. He understands about volcanoes and tornadoes and all sorts of things. He can read and write and tell time. I think he absolutely understands that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. And I think the angels in heaven are rejoicing today as God wrote another name down in the Book of Life.
“But to all who receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” – 1 John 1:12
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 6:23
“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9