Last Wednesday (Oct. 3) Grey, my 6 year old, came in from school and in the midst of homework, after school snacks and lots of conversations taking place all at once, he said he was ready to ask Jesus into his heart. Stop the presses, stop all the insanity...I immediately stopped whatever I was doing because whatever it was it wasn't important. I talked to Grey about what it meant to ask God to be Lord of his life and indeed he was ready. So, right there with me, his brothers and his sister Grey prayed and asked Jesus into his heart and life. There it was, child-like faith right in front of me, so close I could reach out and touch it...so real, so genuine, so simple.
We went on to pray a prayer of thankfulness for our Salvation...each one of my boys have made their own decision to follow Christ. As we discussed each of the boys and their decision to follow Christ, I saw my oldest son glance over at his sister and I knew the wheels were turning. I knew the next words that were going to come out of his mouth by the look on his face. With his eyes watering and face somewhat contorted trying to choke back the tears all he could get out was, "Mama, what about Sophie?"
I finished his question for him, "Are you wondering if/how Sophie will go to heaven?" He nodded yes. He wondered how, since his sister is unable to speak, she would be able to pray the prayer of Salvation. I could see how heavy that concern weighed on him and I prayed I would have the right words to comfort his hurting and questioning heart. You see there isn't a certain age at which God holds everyone accountable, it is according to our understanding.
When we understand that we are a sinner and that our sin separates us from a relationship with God, then we can understand our need for a Savior. When we understand that God loves us so much that He sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross for our sin and rose from the grave three days later forever defeating sin, then we are able to pray to God with a knowledge and understanding in our heart that we want to follow and live for God for the rest of our days. I told him that Sophie Kate will not be held accountable before God for her sin(sinful nature) because she is unable to understand at this time. She's not able to comprehend her desperate need for a Savior due to the injuries she suffered at birth. She will go to Heaven sweet boy, just like you. Again he nodded, but this time a few tears managed to escape and were making their way down his cheeks. Tears of relief, tears of a heart so full toward his sister that words rarely escape him concerning her, but a heart so full nonetheless...compassion and concern for her. She's always on his heart and mind.
Thank you God for these boys and how much they touch my life each and every day. Thank you for the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. I'll end today with the first Bible verse Grey memorized, John 3:16. "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him might not perish but have eternal life."