“Can Jesus come over for lunch sometime?” – Lauren (4)

As Christians we strive to have that personal relationship with the living Jesus. We know about Jesus, the historical person. We believe that He lives. Yet many of us struggle with knowing Jesus at that intimate, personal level. Like Thomas, we harbor doubts because we can’t see Him or touch Him. Or we are uncertain about how to approach the living Jesus. These are some of the challenges to our faith.

In a FaceBook exchange with a friend, she mentioned the importance of teaching our children while they are young to have that personal relationship. Of course we teach them about Jesus in many ways. There are the Bible stories, Sunday school and for some a Christian education. All of these are important. But none are as important as having their parents living and modeling this personal relationship. Seeing parents in prayer, seeing them act in ways that follow Jesus’ teaching are of critical importance. Teaching our kids to join us is even more important.

This was very strongly reinforced when my granddaughter, Lauren (age 4), asked her dad recently “Can Jesus come over for lunch sometime?” Dining with her friends is a big, important event for Lauren, so this was no idle request.

This became an important learning moment for both Lauren and dad. He explained how Jesus is always with her, but in a different way than her other friends. He also talked a bit about the Holy Spirit and how He helps Lauren to make decisions about the right things to do and what she shouldn’t do.

It’s difficult to understand the depth of a 4-year-old’s understand. The important thing is to meet them where they are. Lauren listened carefully and asked a few questions. She seemed satisfied with the answer and spoke directly to Jesus as He was there with her as she said grace at lunch that day. Undoubtedly, this conversation will happen again as she grows up.

Seeds of faith must be planted and nurtured if they are to grow and be fruitful. Like the mustard seed, Lauren’s parents are raising her and her sister to not only know about Jesus, but to know Him on a very personal intimate level.

Shalom, Art
Alive in The Word

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About aliveintheword

Missouri, USA Married to Marty, 45 years 2 sons (with 2 daughers-in-law) and 2 granddaughters Life dedicated to serving Jesus Christ and delivering the Good News

3 Responses to “Can Jesus come over for lunch sometime?” – Lauren (4)

  1. ptl2010 says:

    O what a wonderful heritage, to have grandparents pray for their grandchildren too. They will come forth as gold as the Lord answers those prayers in His good pleasure. Not many tried by fire come out so. But there are still some who do and the Lord loves the prayers of His people. Bless those grandparents who follow the teachings of the Lord. Train up a child and when she is old she will not depart from it. Amen.

  2. 4hispraise says:

    I have a Lauren (grand child) as well. Now twenty one, and a product of Christian Schools, now graduating from college.. unscathed, it would appear. She is leaving to finsh in a college in Copenhagen (one of the most liberal sites in Europe). We wait (and pray) over every test……… convinced the vessel will always survive the fire; perhaps be even stronger for it..

  3. ptl2010 says:

    How fortunate Lauren and her sister are to have parents who love the Lord and who love them enough to spend time in nurturing them in the Lord.

    May the Lord bless Lauren’s parents with much love in the Word and help them continue the good work they have begun to lead their kids in paths of righteousness and please the Lord.

    They are wonderful examples for other parents to follow, and will be blessed by their children’s hearts after God’s own heart, avoiding much youthful grief later on.

    Praise the Lord there are still responsible God-fearing parents today.

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