02 Apr Making the Decision to be Baptized as a Child
Train up a Child
We teach our children to swim, and expect that they will get into the water. We teach our children different sports, instruments, etc. and expect that they will play. Often, we teach our children to have great morals, values, and to display godly character and expect for them to lead.
So, when we teach our children about the love of Christ, do we not expect for them to choose to follow Him?
5 reasons I was reluctant to my son being baptized at a young age:
- I wanted it to be a decision he was making on his own and not because he’d seen someone else doing it.
- I didn’t want him to do it just because he thought it would be pleasing to me.
- I wanted to make sure he truly understood baptism.
- I was afraid of the spiritual implication and warfare.
- I wanted to some how make sure it was truly a desire of his heart.
When my son said he wanted to be baptized, I completely struggled with the idea. Somehow I wanted to make sure he wasn’t making this decision because of following anyone else. I didn’t want to be the driving force either.
We teach our children about Jesus, often praying for their salvation. Praying the Holy Spirit will lead and guide them according to His good and perfect will. And yet for some reason, I wasn’t expecting my son to choose to make the decision to follow Jesus at such a young age.
As I prayed about my son’s decision, his heart, and motivation, I was convicted. Who was I to think that anything I said or had done, would be so persuasive as to cause my son to decide to publicly announce his decision to follow Christ. And, if I had said or done anything to encourage his decision, it was only by the power and leading of the Holy Spirit.
What were my hang-ups?
I realized my pride and fear were causing me to doubt my son’s ability to make such a wise and life changing decision. I was prideful in my own capabilities. And I was afraid of the spiritual warfare he would now encounter as he publicly declared his love for Christ.
I was reminded of the children God used in the Bible. Then, I was led to this scripture,
“But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.”” ~Matthew 19:14 NLT
As The Lord was using my child to work on my own heart, my son’s heart was being prepared for such an amazing blessing. Who was I to hinder the work of Christ?
I am thankful not only for the death and resurrection of my Lord and savior Jesus Christ. But today, April 1, 2018, I am also thankful for my son’s declaration of faith in Jesus.
As we encourage our children in faith. Let us not forget Jesus’ words in Matthew 19. Let us also remember to pray with expectancy for our children.
“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” ~ James 1:6-8 NIV
My prayer for my son, daughter, and unborn child is that they
“Don’t let anyone look down on (them) you because (they)you are young, but (that they will) set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” ~ 1 Timothy 4:12 NIV
Our children are never too young to experience the love of Jesus or the move of the Holy Spirit. Let us go and make disciples (Matthew 28:19), starting in our home.