Have you ever had a moment where it seems as though time stands still? In my case, it happened while I was browsing the sale rack at the local Family Dollar store. I wasn’t paying too much attention to the two little kids arguing nearby, until one made an astounding remark.
“I told you I don’t know who my daddy is!” he said rather emphatically.
At that moment, my heart did a nose dive, and I turned. I had to see who had made such a statement. If you had seen his little face as he repeated the words, you would have wept, as I wanted to.
I was astounded!Who doesn’t know the name of their father?
My first reaction after I recovered from my shock was to tell this precious little boy he had a father he could know. That father is the Lord God Jehovah who sent His son Jesus to die on a cross to purchase a place in Heaven for each of us who will accept Him.
I wanted to comfort him, to tell him there is one who loves him unconditionally. I wanted him to know that he was not alone in this world, but that someone, God, really knew him and loved him. He needed to know someone cared about him.
But I didn’t say anything.
I looked around to see who was with him, and spotted a lady looking at cards. The two children didn’t seem to be related. I was hesitant, and then the moment was lost.
How does one go about introducing someone to their heavenly Father?
I could have opened the conversation by telling him the Creator of all things was his father. That remark would have led into a discussion about how every person in God’s creation is special. Each one of us was created for a purpose. We are not random objects of God’s design.
Children always ask tons of questions. I imagine he would have wanted to know how he could get to know his heavenly Father. I would have told him about Jesus. Jesus is God. He might have wondered why Jesus was crucified. How does one explain such selfless love?
Sin always gets in the way of a perfect relationship. That’s why the little boy doesn’t know his father. I could have told him Jesus rose from the grave, and that He is alive and waiting in Heaven.
Little boys and girls often have less trouble admitting their sin than adults. They are without the usual prevarications and justifications we adults use to placate our conscience. Ask a child if he has told a lie, and he will tell you has. Children have a tender conscience. Explain that sin displeases God, and what child doesn’t want to please God. Tell children that God loves them, and wants them to be with Him, and they are ready to go.
I remember just such a child. He was bouncing up and down on the couch and smiling from ear to ear. Impatient and excited would be good words to describe him. His brother had just prayed and asked Jesus to be his Savior. Then this little guy begged to receive Jesus as his Savior too! We said you’re too young, and he argued. Then he prayed and we knew he understood.
“…Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” Matthew 18:3-6 KJV
“Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.” Matthew 18: 10-14
God loves each of us, His little children, but if we want to be with Him, then we must meet Him through Jesus. We must accept Jesus’ death on a cross as payment for our sin, so we can be reconciled to our heavenly Father. Jesus is our Savior from eternal separation from our heavenly Father. Let us not wait to call upon His name for deliverance. Then let us live our lives pleasing Him.
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