Thursday, July 31, 2014

Childlike Faith

On Sunday, my little brother, Sloan, was baptized. He's 11 years old and my baby boy and he's always been me and my sister's and brother's 'little brother', so him making the decision to accept Christ into his heart and be baptized was such a sweet moment for our whole family! 


During his baptism, it got me thinking a little bit. How often do others look poorly upon Christianity because of political things that go on today, not realizing that these are just a select few of this religion we follow. I was blessed to have been raised in the church and grow up with positive, Christ-like influences in my life, and even though I made my decision to become a Christian all on my own, it was easy for me to shift into this lifestyle. For others that are now my age and older, it's different. Regardless of what age you are, I was reminded of how we're supposed to have this childlike faith. Forgetting about politics and judgmental people and negativity from a sometimes hateful world, Christianity in its purest form is love and loving others, but most importantly, loving God. 

Sloan's always my favorite to talk to (sorry Brandon and Shelby) because he has such interesting thoughts and talks a mile a minute. So thinking about his decision to follow Christ, I decided to ask him a few questions.

What happened Sunday?
I got baptized.

Why were you baptized?
So I could follow Christ, believe in Jesus and God, and go to Heaven.

What led you to make this decision?
Centrikid camp, Jesus and His stories are awesome. The stories are interesting, like Jonah and the whale. And God told me to.

What do you think it means to be a Christian?
To believe in Jesus, so you can have a better Christian life.

How is it good to live a Christian life?
Because He's with me in troubled times and He tells me things that helped me.

What's a good example of a troubled time?
When someone's mean to you, the Bible says to not be mean back. 

What do you think other people think when you're nice to them?
That they're nice and they want to become friends with you. And friends are good in life because they help you get through life easier.

When you think about God in your life, how does it make you feel?
I think it's awesome to have God in your life because He can help you through life and make it so much easier.

How?
He will guide you through His path.

What are your favorite passages/verses?
The Great Commission tells you about everything you need to do in your Christian life and I just really, really love Isaiah 52:7. 

What do you think the main goal of a Christian life is?
Spreading God's news so other people can live a more perfect life and go to Heaven.

{random continued thought}....Adam and Eve sinned and separated from God. We would not go to heaven and live with him when we died, but then Jesus came and He was perfect. Then He died on the cross for us and only if we believe in Jesus will we go to Heaven and live eternal life with God.

What do you think God wants you to do in your life right now?
Spread God's news, listen to Him, and follow Jesus.

How do you think church relates to God?
Church is important so you can learn about God and then spread God's news about what you learned.

What would you say to someone who said they didn't believe in God because they can't see Him?
That faith is real.

Though his answers are short, it amazes me how simple an 11 year old breaks down something that we seem to complicate all the time. And yes, there are more complicated things in an entire religion that a 6th grader can't explain or have thoughts for, but there's still something to be said!


How beautiful on the mountains
    are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
    who bring good tidings,
    who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
    “Your God reigns!” 
-Isaiah 52:7

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
-Matthew 28:16-20 // The Great Commission

xoxo,
Meredith


8 comments:

  1. Congrats to Sloan! Thanks for the reminder to have childlike faith.

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  2. Aww this is absolutely great, I am so happy for him! Something about childlike faith is just so encouraging to me.

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  3. This is so adorable and refreshing! Congrats to your brother.

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  4. Congratulations to your brother! This is so sweet!!!!!!!!!!

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