Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Matthew 19:14
A few days ago, I was driving my five year old home from pre-school. Her school is next to the Catholic church we used to attend, before we worked up the nerve to break family tradition and attend a non-denominational church. On this day, as with may others, I decided to stop in the church's parking lot to put a Pokemon in the gym that is the church. (Yes, I play Pokemon Go) As we drove past the front of the building my five year old said, "Was I baptized here?" and the conversation followed:
Me: "Yes you were."
5: "Did Pastor John baptize me?" (Pastor John is the pastor at the church we attend now)
Me: "No. Fr. Alan did."
5: "When can I be baptized in the big fountain at church?"
Me: "Well baptism is different in the Catholic church than it is in the church we go to now."
5: "I know."
Me: "You do? How is it different?"
5: "I don't know." (Yep this is my kid! :) )
Me: "In the Catholic church you are baptized as a baby before you can make a choice about it. What we believe is that you get baptized after you have accepted Jesus into your heart."
5: "I did that last night!" (Which actually was Saturday night not the night before.)
Me: "You did?"
5: "Yes! I raised my hand and prayed the prayer last night!" (I'm blown away at this point and kind of skeptical)
Me: "You did? Have you ever done that before?"
Me: "Do you know what having Jesus in your heart means?"
5: "It means we love Jesus and we believe Jesus died on the cross to save us and when we die we get to go to Heaven and be with him!!" (She said this all in one breath, she was so excited by this point.)
Me: (WOW!) "That's right! But, do you know why we get baptized?"
5: "To show everyone I love Jesus!"
Children have an amazing way of looking at the world. My little girl knows she loves Jesus and wants everyone to know it. Whenever there is an event at our church, she grabs enough invites to give to her entire class. She does this on her own, with no prompting from us. She wants everyone to know and love Jesus as much as she does.
How many times do we shy away from admitting or talking about our faith? How many times are we afraid of what others might think of us if we invited them to church? Do you watch the words you use in front of certain people because they might think you are a weirdo if you say something about Jesus?
Our pastor has often said, "If you don't want people to think you're weird, then don't be weird. You can talk about Jesus without being weird."
I challenge you to be childlike in your faith. Be excited about it, don't be afraid or embarrassed about it. Be like my baby girl; love Jesus and want everyone to know it.
Are you bold about your faith? (Mobile users please scroll all the way to the bottom to comment.)