Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Good News of Jesus

Last night Adam told God that he wanted to become a Christian.  Here's how it went down...

After our micro church meeting Mandy went out, and I gave the boys a bath.  During bath time Adam started talking to me about using his money to help poor people.  He said that he felt bad that sometimes he didn't have his money with him when someone asked for money.  But then he took it a step farther by saying that he made a mistake once when someone asked for money.  That time he did have some, but he was on his way to the store to buy something, so he didn't give it.  He felt sad about this.  We talked about it, I gave him the synopsis of When Helping Hurts (not really but kind of), I told him that God loved him no matter what, and that I was proud of him for thinking about what it looks like to help people in need.

While Micah settled in for a show before bedtime, Adam said that he wanted to read the Bible with me.  He picked up his topical Children's Bible and turned to the chapter called "How to Go to Heaven."  In the first sentence was the word "Christian."  He said, "Addie Mae (his cousin) is a Christian.  Why can't I be a Christian?"  I asked him if he wanted to be a Christian, and then if he knew what a Christian was.  Response was Yes and Yes.

My initial thought was to let him think about it and then Mandy and I would talk to him today.  But he kept asking questions.  He also started confessing his sins.  There was truly conviction over ways that he had hurt God and other people.  We went to the water park with our micro church a couple of weeks ago.  Our family stayed overnight in a hotel.  Mandy was sick during the night, and Adam said that he should have been praying for her but he didn't.

There was more talk about sin and how it pushes us farther from God, even more about God's love and the fact that he sent Jesus to rescue us and forgive us from all of that sin, and how we can receive this love and give our lives to God by following Jesus.  There were questions about what it looks like practically to follow Jesus.

The more we talked, the more I knew that he was ready.  So I asked him if wanted to pray.  He said that he did.  I first asked him if he wanted me to pray, then he'd repeat.  He said that he'd rather just do it himself.  So he prayed.  He needed help a couple of times, but it was a beautiful and honest prayer to God.  And my belief about God tells me that Adam is now a Christian.  We talked a bit more, then he called Mandy to tell him (she was also 7 when she became a Christian - that made Adam smile very big).

I am so thankful that God has revealed himself to Adam.  This is an answer to a prayer that we (and others) have been praying since Adam was born.

During this conversation Micah came in once to see what we were doing.  I said to him, "Adam is going to become a Christian."  His response: "What do I get to turn in to?"  I asked him if he wanted to stay in with us, and he said, "No, I'm going to go watch my show."  He's 4.  We have more time.


Meredith said...

I've been thanking Jesus ever since last night! I'm so excited and so happy to read this beautiful news in detail!

Ginger said...

So happy about this wonderful news!

Pat said...

Charlie and I are rejoicing! Thanks for sharing! Tell Adam I was seven when I accepted Christ as my Savior, too!