“I scared, Daddy.”
Those were the words that I faintly heard Tuesday night spoken to me from the hallway of my home from Andrew, my six-year-old son.
Isn’t he a cutie? Well, back to the story. He whispered from the hall, “I scared, Daddy.” We had just put him and Clara to bed and I said, “Son, it’s alright. Go on back to bed.” He said, “No Daddy, I afraid.” So, I reluctantly got up to check on him. Truth is, this was not like Andrew. When you put him to bed, that’s it. He’s “out like a light” and asleep in about 2 minutes, no joke.
When I reached him in the hallway he said, “Come here Daddy.” He motioned me to follow him and he went to his room and sat on his bed. I said, “What’s wrong son? What are you afraid of?” I must tell you that we were sitting in the dark except for a night light…so the light was dim. However, as I leaned toward Andrew to hug him, I could tell he was sweating.
“Daddy, I need to be good for my family and God.”
“What? I don’t understand son.”
“I need to be good for my family and God, Daddy.”
“What does that mean, honey?”
He said, “I want to be good for my family and God and go to heaven.”
“Oh, I see.”
“I scared, Daddy. I can’t sleep. Will you help me? I want to pray?”
“What do you want to pray about, son?”
“I want to be saved.”
“You want to ask Jesus to come into your life?”
“Why don’t we wait a couple of days and let you think about it some more.”
“No, Daddy. It got to be now. I scared.”
By this time I had rested my head against Andrew’s head and I could feel his sweat on my head. I said:
“Ok, son. Do you want to pray and ask Jesus into your life?”
“Yes, Daddy. Will you help me?”
I shared with Andrew for several minutes. We’ve talked about salvation many, many times. He knows the facts. He answered all the questions right:
Who is Jesus?
Answer: God’s Son
What did Jesus do for us?
Answer: Died for our sins
Are you a sinner?
What is sin?
Answer: Doing bad things. Being mean to Kandace and Clara. (I smiled when he said this. He was so intent. It was amazing. The look on his face in that dimly lit room is something I’ll never forget.)
Where is Jesus now?
Answer: In heaven
I asked Andrew again, “Are you sure you don’t want to wait and talk about this tomorrow. It’s late.”
“No Daddy. I want to be saved.”
I said, “Let me go get Mommy and bring her back here too.”
“No Daddy. Just you. I’ll tell her in the morning.”
Andrew said, “Oh…Daddy…I can’t be baptized till I get out of my wheelchair.”
Andrew is going to have surgery on his feet (he was born club-footed) on March 8th. He will be in casts for at least 6-weeks and use a wheelchair to get around. I tell you this to say, “The boy has been thinking.”
I said, “Andrew, you wouldn’t have to wait to be baptized till then. We could baptize you before your surgery.” He said, “Really?!” I said, “Sure!” He was smiling ear to ear. He said, “Dad, I ready to pray.”
I said, “Ok. You call on the name of the Lord. You ask Jesus in your heart.”
So he began, “Dear God, I sorry for my being bad. I need to be good for my family. I want to do right and go to heaven. Help me. I will be good for you from now on. I sorry, God.”
He looked at me and smiled. I said, “That’s good son, but you have to call on the name of Jesus. You have to ask Him into your life.” He said, “Oh, ok. I sorry.” I said, “No problem.” He said, “I pray again.”
“Dear Jesus I want you. Come inside of me. I let you. I be good for you. I be baptized for you. Amen.”
I said, “Well, let’s go tell your mom.” He said, “Dad, I tired. I go to sleep now. I tell them in the morning.” I said, “Ok, son…that’s fine.” He reached up and kissed me on the cheek and curled up under his covers and said, “Thank you Daddy. I not scared anymore.”
Isn’t that the sweetest thing?
You might ask, “Kevin, are you sure he is old enough to do this? Are you sure he understands everything.” My answer is “we’ll see.” Andrew has simply made a profession of faith in Christ. He has shown a desire for Christ and he has called on Jesus’ name. He confessed his sin and he confessed with his mouth to us and folks at church on Wednesday night and his grandparents. So, Scripturally, he’s done what the Bible says a person has to do to be saved/become a Christian.
On Wednesday morning Andrew was absolutely giddy! He was up about an hour earlier than he normally gets up and he said, “Dad, I so happy! I saved!” I said, “Yes, son you did what the Bible says to be saved and we will keep on working to teach and train you.”
I’m humbled by all that transpired with my boy on Tuesday and it’s only because the Lord God allowed His Son to come and pay Andrew’s sin debt that my boy could be saved. It’s surreal. I will say this as well. I’ve been fasting once per week for the salvation of all my children. For almost 11 years I’ve fasted and prayed every week for the salvation of my children and their future spouses. Now this appears to be complete. Why do I say “appears?” Because I want you to take a look at this picture, again.
I posted this picture a couple of weeks ago when we baptized 14 people. Notice the older ones. There are eight of them. All baptized for the second time. We’ll see about Andrew. But, at this point, we’re going with where he’s at with this and I feel comfortable in that. I’m reminded of how little Kandace was when she was saved…
I’m very blessed and I praise the Lord Jesus for His favor and blessing on my family. I’m humbled, indeed.