“I sure hope he’s saved momma. I want to fish with him in heaven.”
It’s his most frequently asked question.
“Is so-in-so saved momma?”
Salvation is a hot topic.
It’s stirs hearts. Souls. It’s a big deal.
We’ve made it a practice to speak of the importance of salvation since the boys were very small.
Courtney DeFeo, author of In This House We Will Giggle stated, “The language we speak in our home helps underscore the truths our children will carry with them through life.”
So our conversations are casual. The Gospel is simple.
We messed up. (sin)
God can not look upon sin.
God sent His only Son (Jesus)
Because He loves us SO MUCH.
We must believe JESUS is God’s Son.
He was born of a virgin, lived a flawless life, and died for us.
We must ask for Jesus’s forgiveness. (repentance)
Confess Jesus as Lord
Allow Jesus to be the boss of our life
He makes us right with The One True GOD.
We’ve recently been praying as a family for friends and loved ones who may be lost or maybe not walking as close to The Lord as they once walked. Each one of us has a name or two that we call out and pray for each night when we pray together.
Tuck’s been praying for an uncle. For the sake of privacy I will leave whether it’s his uncle or mine a mystery …
“I want to fish with him in heaven momma. Is he saved?”
“I don’t know son. Ask him.”
Brave huh, me encouraging my son to do something I haven’t done in 37 years.
Pretty sure it’s Andy Stanley that has a quote (I wish I could remember) but the just of it goes something like this….
“It may not be what the Lord does through me but instead the one that comes after me..”
Last Sunday that uncle asked Tuck to go fishing.
Before he left we had quick a soul work pep talk in the yard.
“Son if you get a chance, ask him. That can be your one brave thing for today.”
We challenge each other to do at least one brave thing a day.
Later that night as we were getting ready for bed after Tuck got home from the fishing trip he said,
“Hey momma, I asked him. The truck got quiet and I just said, ‘Uncle are you saved?’ He said YES momma and he says he’s been baptized three times. I didn’t know what to say to that so I just didn’t say anything else.”
“Perfect son. You did good. Real good”
This particular uncle is a prankster, so the ‘been saved three times would’ve been a joke or not.
(At least I hope it was a joke …baptism does not =salvation. That’s another story for another day.)
To be so brave.
Without reserve. Without hesitation.
To be willing to ask simple questions.
To let others know we care about them. About their soul. Their eternity.
Let’s be brave together.
So we can “fish together in heaven”
ps-pardon the squishy single spaced sentences tonight. we are experiencing technical difficulties. #getthebehindmesatan
Linda Burgess says
Enjoy reading all your blogs or stories. This one is a very important one in life. I’m sure we all have family or friends that aren’t saved. We all need to do this! To let them know we love and care about their soul!
My oldest son has this same fascination with other people’s salvation. Just the thought alone is brave. How often do we encounter people & it never even crosses our minds?