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Listen while you read: "Come To The Saviour"1 (Lyrics)
She walked into the room and said, "Dad, I just asked Jesus into my heart," then turned and left.
I was excited and confused — excited about her decision but confused over how she came to such a conclusion. She had heard me preach about it and teachers teach it. She had watched me model the life of a Jesus follower, but I had never talked to her. She was only a child — too young to make that decision.
Follow-up was in order, so I made my way to her room for discussion — one she dominated. She believed that Jesus was God's Son who died on a cross for her sins. She knew that she was a sinner and had told God so. She had asked for forgiveness, and now, she wanted to be baptized and join the church.
The following Sunday, she proudly walked alone down the aisle, took my hand, told me what she wanted to do, and then did it.
It must have been something about Jesus that attracted children and moms, so much so, that the disciples felt it their duty to tell them not to bother Him.
Matthew 19:14 – But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. (KJV)
Jesus loved everyone, but maybe it was the children's example that He wanted others to witness. Childlike faith is simple and strong. Unanswerable questions are permissible. Everything doesn't have to make sense. Promises are taken at face value. What parents and the Bible say, they trust. If dad says, "I'll catch you", they believe it.
Childlike is how we must come. The kingdom of God consists of people who believe things that scientific methods can't prove: a God capable of hearing everyone's prayers simultaneously, a God everywhere at the same time, a God who loves and wants to forgive, and a God who actually lives in a place called heaven and wants others to live there too.
Reasoning is important but won't get us to God. Faith is vitally necessary, and childlike faith is the proper kind.
Prayer: Merciful Lord, may our faith be as simple as the child's, so that our approach to You will be unhindered. Amen.