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Half a Christian

I love stories about children—those stories where their innocence, honesty, directness and transparency shine through.  I especially love them when they are about my grandchildren!  I’m sure that surprises you.

Two recent ones made me really stop and say, “God help us.”  Our six-year-old granddaughter asked the children sitting around her table to raise their hand if they knew Jesus. Our grandson, then, a first grader told a similar story.  But he went a step further.

His mother says, “He came home and told me he had helped two and a half people to ask Jesus into their hearts that day. When I asked him how that came about he said he simply asked a bunch of the kids in his class if they knew Jesus and if they said no he asked them if they wanted to have clean hearts and go to heaven. Then I asked him how he got two and a half! and he said three people actually said they wanted to do it but he didn’t believe one of them really meant it so he was counting him as a half!”

Could it just be possible there are a lot of “half Christians”—people who say they are followers of Jesus but don’t really mean it?  The granddaughter said most of the children she asked raised their hands.  But then she added, “they don’t act like it.”

Folks, if children get it, is there any excuse for us?  If we say we know Jesus we should mean it and it should show.

Jesus said, Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 7:21)

Blessings and I hope to see you “on the road with Jesus.”

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