My Spiritual Experiences 04 – Salvation

Account

I trusted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior sometime at the age of 4 or 5.

  • In Sunday school, I was taught Psalm 23, and I believed that the LORD was my shepherd.
  • I began asking my mother questions about the difference between God and Jesus, and I accepted her explanation that they are one.
  • One night, I was crying because I had lied to obtain toys that weren’t mine. My mother asked me what was wrong, and I told her I did not want to go to hell for it. My mother told me to ask Jesus for forgiveness and to trust that He would forgive me. I did.
  • The pastor at my church preached the gospel on a Wednesday night. I undertood that Jesus had died for my sins and resurrected, so I raised my hand to ask Jesus into my heart.

Small events like these were actually very significant since they gave direction to my life. In the same way, I look for small events like this in my son’s life to see if he has embraced the Lord. I thank God because, based on what I have seen, I believe my son has indeed understood the gospel and received the Father and Jesus in his heart.

I give God thanks for the blessing of knowing Jesus from an early age.

Analysis

Jesus said, “Allow the children to come to me, and do not forbid them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly I say to you, whoever does not welcome the kingdom of God like a young child will never enter into it.” (Luke 15:16-17, LEB)

We must overlook a child’s simple confession or act of faith in Jesus Christ, for God (faithful to His word), immediately responds to them with salvation, and He becomes their shepherd throghout their lives.

How precious are children to the Lord! How precious is their faith in his eyes!

Note

Why am I writing about these things? Because I want to think about my own spiritual experiences (and those that have been, or may have been, influential on me) from a biblical point of view. I want to take time to analyze them.

What do I expect to gain from this? I expect to gain knowledge and perspective: at the same time, I expect that God will use the lessons that I learn to address questions others may have about their own spiritual experiences.

What about you? Have you had any similar experiences?

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