Our family’s Sunday night routine recently included a family devotions hour. I have been wanting to start this “ritual” with my family but I have yet to allow my husband to initiate it. Good thing our pastor introduced the family devotions booklet to the congregation last Sunday and my husband was encouraged to start spending time with the Word as a family.
Proverbs 9:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” My husband led the kids and I in reading the verse and talked about what the verse meant and how we can apply it to our lives. The devotions booklet also included questions related to the verse and the kids readily answered them. Although Jianne could not really understand the what we were talking about, at least she was hearing our insights as well as her older brother’s thoughts and learning from us too.
Just before we ended the devotion, our son Coby expressed his doubts whether he will be going to heaven or hell and he was quite fearful about it. This became an opportunity for me to share the gospel to him. In my mind, how come you still have that fear because I know that we have been studying about eternal life and salvation since he was 5 years old. Anyway, after the devotion I explained to him again what salvation is, why we needed to be saved and who can save us. I saw that was able to grasp what I explained to him, I even illustrated it on paper.
After making sure he understood the truth about our salvation, I asked him if he wanted to do something about what he just learned. Without batting an eyelash, he said yes to me. So I led him to pray the sinner’s prayer. I congratulated him afterwards and told him that he is now officially a Christian, a follower of Christ. His eyes widened in amazement when he realized that he is indeed a Christian, that Jesus is now living in his heart. And then his questions kept coming… how will Jesus talk to me? Will I hear his voice? Will I still sin? All those questions made me realize that he really understood what had just happened.
Like all of us who chose to follow Jesus, living in this world is not easy, in fact, it is impossible. But because God continues to supply us with his grace moment by moment, we can go on in this difficult but joyful journey of life with Him guiding us.