My Baby Is A Christian
The one thing a Christian parent is going to want for his or her son or daughter is that blessed assurance of salvation.
As a mother of two young boys, this is a thought that has robbed me of sleep. Am I raising them up right? Is going to church once a week good enough? Do they understand any of the prayers I teach them and do with them night after night? Do they know who Jesus is at all? Do I set a good example for them? The greatest worry I have is the question of their souls. Do their hearts belong to Jesus? Has Jesus made a home in them?
I would like to think so, but can I truly know.
Reading Nancy Leigh Demoss’ Lies Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free this week revealed the dangers of a commonly held misconception among Christian parents.
That deception: The belief that our child is a Christian because they were raised in the church, have been taught right from wrong, and made a profession of faith at a young age.
My babies might go to church once a week, they may pray with me every night before bed, but without a genuine love for Jesus in their heart… they do not truly know Jesus.
That is why it is so important for us, as parents, to set a Christ like example for our babies.
How Do You Know When You Truly Know Jesus?
1 John 2:3-11New International Version (NIV)
Love and Hatred for Fellow Believers
3 We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.4 Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. 5 But if anyone obeys his word,love for God[a] is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.
7 Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. 8 Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.
9 Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister[b] is still in the darkness. 10 Anyone who loves their brother and sister[c] lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. 11 But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.
True salvation does not come from bold professions or performance, but transformation. Our lives are forever changed when Jesus is let into our hearts. We are no longer the same person.
We are new creations.
2 Corinthians 5:17 New International Version (NIV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
No true believer will be able to willfully and habitually sin without experiencing the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Does that mean, that as believers, we never sin?
But we will most certainly know what we do is wrong and feel the weight of that sin upon our hearts. We will also seek repentance and try not to repeat the sin again.
We have the assurance that we can persevere in our faith.
Jeremiah 32:40New International Version (NIV)
40 I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me.
Perseverence until the very end, requires true faith.
Hebrews 3:14 New International Version (NIV)
14 We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.