As a Christian dad or mom, one of your major responsibilities, even though it is often given slight attention, is the matter of getting your children genuinely converted, born again, saved, and into the family of God. When you are dealing with a child about his or her salvation, you must remember that you are working with a child. Here are some suggestions for doing so successfully.
1. Deal with every child in the way you would your own child! Be sensitive, discerning, thorough, and be sure.
2. Answer the child's questions! Children ask lots of questions, and if you will be attentive to answer when they ask, you will have the privilege of bringing them to understanding and to a genuine conversion.
3. Keep your answers simple! Keep your verbiage in easy-to-understand terms. Explain things carefully in words the child understands.
4. Ask the child questions. As you explain salvation, keep asking, "Do you understand?"
5. Teach them Bible verses that will establish gospel truth in them. Include John 3:16; Romans 3:23; 6:23; 5:8; 10:9-10; 10:13. Go over these verses until they are memorized. Explain them and re-explain them.
6. Tutor your children on right and wrong! In order to understand the need to be saved, even children need to know that they are sinners. To do wrong is to sin. Sin is an offense against God. Our sins need to be forgiven. When we admit our sin of resisting God and refusing Christ (basic unbelief), then God forgives our whole slate of sins. We repent when we admit our sinfulness and turn to Christ in faith for salvation (Acts 20:21).
7. Be sure the child understands "lost" and "saved"! If you get them "lost," then you can get them "saved."
8. Children are pretty forth-right on such things. If you ask them whether or not they want to be saved, you can read their response like a book. If they lack understanding or seem giddy about it, give them more time!
9. Lead them! Say, “Okay, it's time. You fully understand your need of salvation, and you are ready to be saved!” Lead one step at a time and use simple words. Be sure the concepts of "being lost," "sin," "salvation," "Jesus' death, burial and resurrection," "repentance” and “faith" are included. Walk the child through all of this in a brief, sincere prayer unto the lord.
10. Rehearse it all! Ask, "Do you understand what you just did? Were you sincere? Did you really mean it? Do you now trust Jesus as your Saviour?"
Let me say it again: Children need to be saved, and they can be saved. Let's not leave this to chance. Our children are precious jewels, valued treasures that have been entrusted to us. We protect them from all other dangers, and we should. But don't forget the biggest danger of all – the Devil and his crowd will steal our children and carry them off to Hell if we are careless about their spiritual welfare. Let's give of ourselves warmly, lovingly, consistently, and devotedly to bring the children in. Amen!
May God's blessing be upon you this week as you read and meditate on the 7th message from the series on the Master’s Plan from Hebrews 10:25, "The Master’s PLACE – Part 1."
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