"But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world." 1 John 4:4 NLT
A wonderful occurrence happened this past Sunday. We were holding a Baptism class. There was a man and a couple of women. Well, the husband of one of the women came in with their 9 year old son. He and the son sat down and started listening to what the teacher was saying. The teacher had just gotten to the part where he was asking those present if they wanted to say the sinner's prayer. All of a sudden the husband got a little irate and stated that he knew "all this stuff" and his 9 year old son was too young to understand it. He got up and took himself and the son out of the room.
Service started. When the service was over, one of the core leaders felt a tap on his shoulder. He turned around and who do you suppose was there? That's right--the 9 year old boy. As the the man leaned over to the boy, the boy whispered that he wanted to accept Jesus into his life. Isn't that awesome!
I don't know about you, but I think that at times, we are like that father. We want to protect those we love, protect ourselves. We get scared of something new, some new concept or maybe we aren't really sure of our own salvation--so we react. And the reaction isn't always to our benefit or to those around us.
But Jesus didn't let it happen that day. He wanted that child to be in His kingdom and he is. God is such an awesome Father. He loves and wants all of us to be His personal child. Not just a number or a body--but a true child. He wants to know every thought in your head, every fear in your spirit, every joy or hurt, in your heart. He is a Father that knows every hair on your head. Can anyone love you as deeply and completely as that?
Just as the boy on Sunday, if you are feeling that tug on your heart and spirit to have a relationship with Jesus or if you already have one--a deeper one--please, please, don't let anyone or anything keep you from pursuing and fulfilling that desire.
It is the one decision in your life that you will NEVER regret making!