Welcome to Songs of Salvation! Each Sunday I will feature a Christian author sharing a "Song of Salvation" to uplift and encourage believers and glorify God.
And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. Revelation 12:11 NLT
Authors, find out how to share your Song of Salvation here.
I glanced up at the clock. It had been a typical busy Sunday, and my husband and I were winding down for the night. “It’s late, Jess,” I said to my daughter who we had put to bed earlier. “Why don’t we just wait until tomorrow.”
“No, Mommy. I don’t want to wait. I want to do it now.”
Her words could not have been sweeter. Her insistence filled my heart with joy. “Okay, honey. Let’s go to your bedroom.”
I’m thankful for saved parents who were faithful to and active in church and for my exposure to God at a young age. Working in my grandmother’s garden one day, my mother explained Bible stories were real, not fairytales. Later she and I knelt beside her blue and green flowered bedspread, and I accepted Jesus as my Savior. I was five.
As I got older I watched others who professed salvation. There were those who showed no signs of
doubt. However, some needed reassurance at an older age, and several tragically slipped into the world never to be seen at church again. While I don’t believe I was talked into getting saved, I wrestled with doubts. Did I get saved because my best friend had the Sunday before? Did I do it to please my mother? I don’t remember all that I prayed. Had I been old enough to understand? Years later, fed up with struggling, I prayed again just to squelch my doubts once and for all, though l still look to that time at age five as my day of salvation.
Although I believed the Bible and knew as a sinner I needed to repent of my sin and accept God’s gift of eternal life, I also needed not only verses of assurance (i.e. “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God that ye many know that ye have eternal life…”—I John 5:12-13) but also an understanding of what happens at the point of salvation (i.e. like the “operation of God…” –Colossians 2:9-13 and that no one, not even I, could pluck me out of God’s hand—John 10:28-29).
Yes, little children have sweet and simple faith, but I’ve worked with them enough to know that after asking a few questions many don’t really understand the concept of salvation and need more time. Also, I’ve known too many zealous church workers or relatives who, after crossing the fine line of gentle persuasion, have ended up talking someone into making a profession.
As my own two children grew, each day they remained unsaved grieved me. However, I prayed they would experience true conviction and a clear understanding of Biblical salvation before they accepted Jesus as Savior and prayed they would not be burdened with doubts as I had been. Whenever they expressed a desire to be saved, my husband and I would gently say, “Someday you will.” until the time came when they both independently approached us, one a year after the other, flatly insisting on it.
Understanding, belief, conviction, repentance, acceptance, and assurance—important parts, I learned, of Biblical salvation.