In the Words of a Child

“Preacher, can I please be saved?” the little six-year-old boy asked me during the invitation after yesterday’s sermon.

I instructed him to have a seat on the front pew and I told him I would talk to him after the service. When everyone was gone, he and his mother joined me in my office where I had the privilege of showing him the truth of the gospel and leading him to Christ.

As he called on the Lord to save him, he reached a point in his prayer where he said, “Jesus, I want to stop doing bad things and start doing good things.” I was not asking him to “repeat after me” or anything else. This was what was in his heart as he asked God for the gift of salvation.

With all of the debates and definitions that surround the word “repentance”, I must say that this is about as clear and biblical a definition as one will find.


9 responses to “In the Words of a Child

  1. Amen, Gordon.

    On a slight side-note, I had the privilege yesterday of seeing the pastor of our church baptize his son-in-law, who has been a practicing Catholic since his teenage years. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when he said “I baptize you, my son…” What an Easter memory they will have!

  2. We praise God for this little one!

    May God protect him and keep him close and bless him to grow strong in his faith!

  3. ..out of the mouths of babes ..simple and pure

  4. Hey Bro, Gordon,

    What a blessing it was to see Him come and give His Heart to God ! He is a devoted little fella that has seen what God can do ?


  5. Thank you for sharing this, it touched my heart this morning. 🙂

  6. Thanks for your response, everyone. I am glad it has been a blessing to you. This boy and his family recently lost their home to a fire. What happened Sunday was an affirmation to them that God is still at work in their lives. Please keep them in your prayers.

  7. Gordon,
    God bless you. That is great to hear of a child with such a heart for repentance.

  8. Simple childlike faith. Hmmm….

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