I was told today that a young child could not make the eternal decision to accept Christ. Actually, it was a little more personal than that, because I was really told that I couldn’t have accepted Christ at the age of six. Yes, apparently another Christian feels that they can judge my salvation experience. What adds insult to injury to this is that it is someone very close to me.

I’m trying to figure out why this bothers me so much and it boils down to the fact that my encounter with God is discredited with one fell swoop of an opinion. I was told that a person truly couldn’t make a decision for Christ until they were 12 or 13 years old.

Correct me if I am wrong, but I don’t find ANYWHERE in scripture where God says we have to be 12 or 13 before we can choose him. There is an often agreed upon term among theologians coined  ‘The Age of Accountability’, which is basically the age that we are held responsible for our decision to either accept Christ as our Savior or deny him.

There is debate about what this age is, ranging from 13, because it’s the age for a Jewish barmitzva, up to 19, due to brain development. I personally believe that our age of accountability is a number only God knows. Our God is an individual God, he knows each one of us intimately. He knows our mental abilities to even understand our need for Him, along with our individual emotional and spiritual maturity.

However, even then, an Age of Accountability, signifies when someone is held responsible for making a decision, the term is not used to say it is the first moment someone can make a decision.

Yes, that's me from two angles just in case you wanted two angles...

I was only six years old when I asked Jesus to come live in my heart and forgive me of my sin. I remember so many details about the experience, which alone is rare, considering my memory or lack thereof. Honestly, this is probably the clearest memory I have in my childhood. I remember the Holy Spirit’s prompting and the feeling like I was going to jump out of my skin waiting for the invitational hymn to start. As soon as it did, I popped out of my seat and heading to the front pew. I had no doubts.

I sat there with my pastor and prayed. I immediately felt a huge weight being lifted off my shoulders and thrown as far as the East is from the West! I felt light and free. Even at six I was amazed because I couldn’t remember ever feeling that weight until, all of a sudden, it was gone.

I will NEVER forget that moment. You know what I love most about it? It is the fact that I never, ever question whether I was saved that moment. It’s as clear to me as the fact that the sun will rise tomorrow.  It bothers me that someone I love is trying to tell me that it didn’t happen or didn’t “count” because I wasn’t a certain age.

I have walked with Jesus since I was six. I’ve not been perfect, but I’ve never strayed far either. I’ve always said that God has kept me on a short leash. I didn’t have to come back to God and re-decide. I was eternally grateful from the instant He saved me. Thank you God for OUR story….I love it and You! I just wish others wouldn’t box you in and limit what you can and will do in the life of a child.

3 thoughts on “How old do you have to be??

  1. I love this. For me when I focus on my relationship with God I think of Jesus most. But the Holy Spirit is what makes us feel the presence of Jesus. Lately I have been praying for a friend who doesn’t know Jesus to feel that presence of the Holy Spirit. And no the spirit doesn’t care how old you are….whether you are 9 or 99 when it moves you, you will be certain of it!!

  2. Just had this same experience except it was my 8 year old daughter who couldn’t wait to accept Jesus Christ as her Saviour. As soon as I posted the exciting news…BAM!..I was blasted with those who say it’s not real because no way could she understand the magnitude of a decision like that. My response, she knows she’s a sinner, she knows she loves God, she knows He sent His Son to die for her so she could spend eternity in heaven with Him, and she knows for sure she wants Him living in her heart. The great knowledge bestowed upon us by the Holy Spirit takes place as we walk with Him and learn more, but she certainly doesn’t need to understand every facet of God to understand that she needs Him. It’s a beautiful thing to see the little children come to Him.

  3. I agree with you a 100% . You know I’m told that I HAVE to be baptised to go to heaven…….well ii have not found anywhere in the Bible where this Must take place to get in. Ive been saved since I was 12 and I pray very often. Ive never been a member of a church….and we just recently started attending. The Bible says you should be Baptist but only must you beloved and trust in the lord to be with him. They also wont let me take the bread or wine because I’m not baptised….it disturbs me because that’s not why you take it. I feel like man is dictating my relationship with the Lord…….in the Bible it States that only HE can truly Baptiste you…..not man…..but I feel like if I don’t tell man to sprinkle water on my to proove to man that I have faith….then I’m frowned upon…..its really sad at how man judges……my relationship with the Lord is between me and him…….just as it is with you my friend 🙂

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