“Daddy, daddy, I’ve got Jesus in my spirit!”
My daughter exclaimed these words to me with a look of excitement on her face. She wanted to impress me with what she had just begun to understand. How was a four-year-old girl able to comprehend such a thing? I hadn’t used that terminology with her. Her heavenly Father had revealed it to her through the Holy Spirit!
When Simon made his famous declaration of faith that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God, Jesus said:
“Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 16:17 NKJV)
Little children are no different. The Father is able to reveal the reality of Christ to them, just as He can with any adult. I know this from experience because I also received Christ into my heart before the age of four.
In this part of the world, we celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day every year. What makes someone a mother or a father? Their children! Children are God’s gift to us. The Psalmist wrote:
“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.” (Psalm 127:3 NKJV)
God has given us these precious little lives so that we can lead them into an understanding of who He is. This applies whether we are a father, mother, uncle, aunt, grandparent or someone who looks after little children at church. Each one of us can have a life-giving impact on the heart of a little child just by letting them know that Jesus loves them.
Some parents see no need to lead their little ones to Christ. They feel that their children can make that decision for themselves when they are older. Others think that little children are too young to understand spiritual things. But Jesus has a special love for these little ones. He said to His disciples:
“Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:14 NKJV)
Sadly, when parents neglect to lead their children to Christ while they are small, many of these children drift away from church later, when they are old enough to make their own decisions. The best time to lead a child to Christ is before the age of four. Christ comes and makes His home in their spirits and they become a new creation in Him. It is not important whether they can understand it mentally because the new birth is a spiritual experience.
“That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (John 3:6 NKJV)
The Apostle Paul wrote:
“But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” (1 Corinthians 6:17 NKJV)
This applies to both children and adults!
Once a small child receives Christ into his or her heart, then it is our responsibility to teach them about Jesus and help them understand who they are in Christ.
“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6 NKJV)
This is not only a wise word of advice, but it is also a promise from God. We have to stand on this verse and believe that God will keep our children from straying from what the Holy Spirit has taught them. It is important for us to believe that the same God who revealed Christ to our little children, is also the One who will keep them walking with Christ when they are older. Don’t you agree?
When the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, he thanked God for the spiritual heritage this young man had received:
“When I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.” (2 Timothy 1:5 NKJV, emphasis mine.)
As in the case of Timothy, who became a great servant of God, the greatest inheritance we can give our children or grandchildren is their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
You are holy, dear saint!
Do you know a small child in your family or in your care who has received Christ into his or her heart? Let me know in the comments below!
[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]