Leading Your Child To Christ
By Mrs. J. G. Kruger
Is there a greater sorrow in this world than to have grown-up sons and daughters still without Christ? Every prayer group receives heartbreaking requests like the one before me: “Please pray for the salvation of my three grown-up sons!”
My dear mother and father, I can understand your grief. But let me in tender love and sympathy tell you – you failed to do what the mothers of Salem did (Mark 10:13). You failed to lead your children to Christ when they were young. Mothers of young children, take this as a warning and obey Christ’s words: “Suffer the little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God!” (Mark 10:14).
We definitely “forbid” or keep away if we do not give them the opportunity to decide for Christ. Mothers and fathers, there is also no reason why a child of five to eight years old is not a Christian, I mean, a born-again believer in Christ who trusts Him fully and has a desire to please Him, if only he is shown the way
There is hardly a child who will not accept Christ if his lost condition is explained to him. Just let the love of Christ win that child through you. Trusting the Lord for and with the child, there is no reason why he should backslide. There must be continual teaching and training as it says in Deuteronomy 6:7, always using God’s Word. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
Fear and terror of my own children being lost gripped my heart, and looking to Him who said: “Suffer the little children to come unto me,” I led each child to Christ. With fear and trembling, I cried: “Lord, I will trust Thee to keep them, as Thou wilt guide me in their training!”
Oh, how wonderfully God has honored my little faith. Not one did backslide, and all have found their place of service – two in foreign mission fields. To God alone be all the glory for the lessons of faith He taught me in believing that children can be won for Christ while they are young.
Mothers and fathers, God is much more anxious to save your child today than you are to see him saved. Trust and obey Him and lead your child to Him. Now is the accepted time, now is the day of Salvation.
Lovingly tell him about how God formed man out of the dust of the earth with loving hands. He breathed into man’s nostrils His own breath, which is everlasting, and made man in His own image. Then He put Adam and Eve into that beautiful garden which He had made especially for them. Tell about the wonderful times they had together when God would visit them.
Tell your child how Satan came and broke this fellowship which God enjoyed so much with Adam and Eve. Tell how sin and disobedience to God’s command not to eat the fruit of certain trees, entered into the garden. Adam and Eve had to be put out, but Satan could not destroy God’s love for them. God immediately promised a Savior.
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life,” and thus be reconciled to God. Explain that the child, too, is a sinner. “All have sinned” (Rom. 3:23). “Behold, I stand at the door and knock” (Rev. 3:20). Jesus wants to come in – will he let Him in? “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (John 1:12).
Be sure you read it from the Bible in your hands. Ask him if he will let Jesus come in. Commit the matter to God if he says “Yes,” and ask God to give your child the joy and the assurance of salvation.
Ask him to pray simply, “Dear Jesus, I am sorry for my sins. Forgive me now, and come into my heart. I want to be your child. Amen.”
Tell him Jesus heard the prayer and He said He would come in (John 1:12); did He? If he hesitates, repeat that Jesus said He would come in; He cannot lie. Make it very clear, but let him say of himself that Jesus came in, or that he is a child of God. It is important that the child himself realizes and says or confesses it. Explain that he is now a new creature; Jesus lives in his heart; Jesus loves him, and he will now live for Jesus.
If he does wrong, he may make it right by telling Jesus he is sorry, and asking forgiveness. Instruct him daily and pray with him, always remembering to thank Jesus for saving him, and for dying on the cross for our sin.
Never say anything that would cause him to doubt. Should he express any doubt, assure him from God’s Word. Of course, there are many ways of leading children to Christ, and often children come on their own, having being convicted in Sunday School, Bible Clubs, or in church services. Oh, the joy that will flood your own heart as you see God working in the hearts of these little ones. In my Bible Clubs, children from 4 to 14 have come to Christ. These are times I will never forget.
Mothers and fathers, this great joy may be yours if you will lead your own, or other precious children to the Lord. Has this been neglected?
When God entrusts us with these precious pink and blue bundles of joy, He entrusts us with a precious little soul that is worth more than all the world to Him. We dare not fail Him, and allow these precious souls to be lost.
– From The Evangelist.