The angels were rejoicing yesterday [Luke 15:10], as they and our family welcomed a new brother into the Kingdom of Heaven. Our very own Benjamin gave his life to Jesus yesterday!
We had been having a conversation about baptism and why we don't do infant baptism but wait until we decide to follow Christ before we are immersed in the waters. The conversation continued with Ben saying he wanted to get baptised and then we discussed the reason for baptism and all that it symbolizes. He asked me if he had given his life to Christ. I told him that he would have to answer that for me and then he said he wanted to right then. I told him that it would be a good idea to go into his room to spend a few minutes with Jesus and pray.
He came back about 15 minutes later with a big grin on his face. He said he had prayed and told Jesus that he knew why Jesus had to come to earth to pay for his sins and that he wanted Jesus to have his life. Then he said that while he was sitting quietly in his room, he had a picture (some might call it a vision).
He said there was a white wall with a door in it. There were lines of people who were drab and grey with no smiles. They were going through the door and when they came out they had changed. They were wearing jeans or shorts and all sorts of different patterns of colourful tye-dye shirts. We talked a bit about how that was such a wonderful picture of what happens when we go through the "Jesus door"we are changed and given new life! I thought this was such a great picture for Ben. He is a colourful guy and appreciates colour so much.
We called Bob to tell him and he rejoiced with us. Later in the evening, we discussed Ben's decision more and talked about baptism with him. We decided we shouldn't wait to baptise him [Acts 8:26-39].
What a very special day and we are thrilled to have a new "brother" in the family!
We bless you, Buddy, as you continue to grow in Christ and in the glorious destiny He has for you. xo