I was saved when I was 6 1/2 years old. I know: what could a 6-year-old understand about repentance vs. remorse, the dynamics of soteriology, not to mention the vagaries of infralapsarianism and supralapsarianism?
All I knew was that I was lost and hell-bound; that Jesus died for me; and that if I would pray in faith believing, Jesus would save my soul. So I did—and He did.
Like Vance Havner used to say, “I don’t understand all about electricity but that doesn’t keep me from flicking the light switch.”
So I know children can be born again.
I was not only taught as a child to memorize Scripture, but to share Christ with my friends. I remember at 10 years old sharing the Gospel from John 3 with my best friend, Randy Mikolowski. He prayed the sinner’s prayer with me and I still pray for him daily.
I recall going out on Tuesday night visitation with the youth. My algebra teacher (the best teacher on the faculty), Mr. Shattuck, was dying of cancer. Burdened for his soul I knocked on his door one night to share Christ with him. I was terrified, but just HAD to plead for his soul.
All this is to illustrate why I believe kids can impact the Kingdom. You don’t have to wait until you’re 21 to serve.
The next six weeks I will be preaching on Kingdom Kids from the Bible in preparation for our Storm the City outreach program being led by our preteens. Our kids are far more prepared than I was.
In His love,