I was preparing for church the other night and Ransom came up to me and said that he was starting to feel bad about not being baptized. I asked him why and he said that every time he saw a baptism it made him feel worse that he himself hadn’t been baptized yet.
You’re suppose to get baptized!! He said, emphatically.
About 6 or so months ago he told me that he wanted to be baptized after seeing someone else be baptized… but it wasn’t until recently that we felt he really understood what baptism really was and that he had in fact made the commitment to Jesus… but apparently 6 months was an extra long time to have to wait when you had to watch people like your own cousins get baptized.
But here we were at the end of an evening and Ransom had answered all my questions to my satisfaction and he was now practically begging us to let him get baptized in our bathtub that very minute.
It took a bit of work but we convinced him it might be nice to allow our Wednesday house church to be a part of the celebration. And after thinking on that, he did remember that Cate ( aged 2) would be there and she, “Probably hasn’t seen someone be baptized yet.” so as part of his due diligence he waited two more whole days.
It was one of those parenting things I wasn’t expecting, this whole “wanting to be baptized” things. I guess I was hoping that once they were saved they’d become angels and would no longer need discipline and it would be REALLY CLEAR that it was time for this part in the Christian faith. But as the parent of a child who occasionally disobeys and lies about his chores you start to wonder if they’re really saved?! Do they really understand?! ( of course, that’s also what my family thought about me all through junior high and high school…and maybe even now sometimes. eek!)
Of course, this was the kid who also diligently prayed for his teacher and classmates on a daily basis and often asks Brett and I if we’ve thought to tell that person about Jesus yet! He also shared with several classmates this year:
“I asked C if she knew Jesus today at lunch.”
“What did she say?”
“She said she did.”
“So what did you say then?”
“My mouth was full.”
Or the time he told me he could no longer share about Jesus in school….
Me: Why do you say that?!
Ransom: Because yesterday on the way to the library, I yelled out “Hey! Do you guys know about Jesus?!” and then Mrs. G said I shouldn’t talk in the hall….
All in all, in the midst of his 6-year-oldness, his heart has become tender to his own sin and need for Jesus and a growing love for others and concern for others that is a blessing to watch.
I feel truly blessed to be Ransom’s mother and we continue to beg the Lord to continue working in his heart and life.
If you’re interested here is Ransom’s baptism:
As well as his unrehearsed Q &A before the baptism ( maybe not the best idea when dealing with 6 year olds! hahaha!)
Also, here is the link to the story we used in teaching our kids about Baptism as part of our No Place Left: Kids church plan! You’ll also find links to the study guide and other stories you can share with kids. The latest is “How to Share your story”