“Who is Jesus? I never heard of Him,” the eight-year-old girl exclaimed the first day she attended our Good News Club. After several weeks of hearing the story of salvation, she responded to the invitation to receive Christ as her Lord and Savior. When my co-worker finished counseling with her, I heard her encourage, “Why don’t you tell Mrs. Daffern what you have done?” The little girl walked around the corner to where I stood. “Mrs. Daffern,” she began, “I knew I had sinned. I asked Jesus to forgive me and come into my heart.” Then with tears streaming down her face and the biggest grin I think I’ve ever seen, she added, “and I love Him so!” If I live to be a hundred and see many people find Christ, the testimony of that little girl will always be one of my favorite.
Yet the story doesn’t end there. Before we moved away, I was blessed to see her begin attending our local church, make a public profession of faith and receive baptism. Because of her testimony, her older sister and mother also began attending church. They too received Christ, were baptized and became members. But the story doesn’t end there. The last Sunday I attended that church before moving to another town, I was privileged to see her father attending with them.
Some of you may be wondering, “Can a child’s decision be real and lasting?” or “Is it really scriptural to lead children to Christ?” Please read Matthew 18 and note verse 2. “And Jesus called a little child unto him and set him in the midst of a group.” Also, in Mark 9:36 we’re told that Jesus, “held this child in His arms.” Verse 6 refers to these “little ones who believe in me.” The word used for “little ones” is the word micros. It is the same word we get our English word microscopic from. It means exceedingly small or microscopic. Jesus was talking about a young child, and the fact that He picks the child up and holds him in his arms tells us that this child was probably not over six years of age. Finally, Jesus forever settled the question of whether a little child can believe when He said, “little ones who believe in Me” (Matthew 18:6 KJV). Note the words “believe in me.” These are the same words used in John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Me shall not perish, but shall have everlasting life.” Very certainly Jesus was talking about this little micros child as having a saving faith—the same faith that provides everlasting life to all who are true believers/Christians.
Jesus takes the salvation of a child even one step further when He warns in Matthew 18:6 that it would be better for us to be “drowned in the deepest sea than to offend one these little ones.” I can’t think of a better way to offend a child than to tell them—when God’s Spirit is convicting them of their sin and drawing them to Him—that they are not old enough to come. God forgive us for the children who could have been reached, but weren’t because we thought they were too young.
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