“Daddy, You Should Tell Her About Jesus”

Erik Raymond —  June 11, 2014 — 5 Comments

We all know that kids, particularly little kids say surprising and funny things, but sometimes they are refreshingly precise. They can cut through the boundaries erected by the mature.

This was the case last night as I was putting my daughter (4) to bed. We were talking about how I was going to visit a family member. She asked me if this person loved Jesus. I told her that I do not think that she is a Christian. Then I invited her to pray with me for her salvation. She complied. Then she sat up, pushed her curly hair back and said, “You know what, you should also go and tell her about Jesus right away. Prayers are good but you need to tell her about Jesus Daddy.” I told her that she was exactly right and that I would.

Here we are reminded about the simplicity of a child and perhaps some of the things that Jesus would have been aiming at when he reminded us of being like a child. She doesn’t have all of the hangups that we often have about evangelism. She hasn’t been rejected, argued with, or belittled. She doesn’t entertain the quiet, embarrassing doubts about the sufficiency and power of the gospel. She just understands, in her young mind, the need for us as Christians to tell unbelievers about Jesus. And she is exactly right.

I share this story because it was so encouraging to me and I think it would be for you also. Further, it reminds us not to overcomplicate things; it is really that simple: someone has got to open their mouths and talk about Christ. The gospel is powerful. It is sufficient (Rom. 1:16). After all, this is how we ourselves came to faith in the Savior.

Erik Raymond

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Erik has been writing at Ordinary Pastor since 2006. He lives in Omaha with his wife and kids while pastoring at Emmaus Bible Church. Follow regular updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/erikraymond

5 responses to “Daddy, You Should Tell Her About Jesus”

  1. Amen. I have a 4 year old little girl as well and she asks me frequently when we pray and talk (Usually before bed) “Do they know Jesus?”. How very humbling and convicting. Let’s listen to these little ones and see if they know about our great Savior and if not – tell them the good news!

  2. A very encouraging and refreshing post here! The simplicity and no-nonsense love voiced by your daughter cuts through a lot of unimportant (or less important) details.

  3. Thanks for publishing this, Erik. It inspired me to write down my thoughts on the matter as well. A fresh perspective often alleviates old fears.

  4. I loved your post.Much thanks again. eckbfeadfbkc

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