Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight. Prov 3:5-6
My youngest son was baptized last month and it was a wonderful day. All he kept talking about was getting “dunked”. The word baptism just could not form from his little mouth for some reason. He was so excited just to see me out in the audience as he journeyed from the old into the new under the watchful eye of Jesus Christ going into and coming out of the water. He has made it a point to know where his bible is and will just out of the blue sit and start reading from it like he never missed a beat.
Then came the day he asked me about communion. He has seen me taking part in communion and was beyond curiosity at this point. Now this soon to be eight year old boy communion could not form this word from his lips either, but he was determined that he was going to have a part of Jesus one way or the other even if he could not get the word to come out right. His question to me was this; Momma, will Jesus allow me to have some of him?
This had the word TRUST running through my mind like crazy! My son was looking to me and trusting me with the help needed to make God a bigger part of his life. I was looking to God trusting Him to help me help my son understand what being in Christ meant. I was trusting in the church to handle my son with care in his walk towards a life in Christ. “But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. Jeremiah 17:7. I was trying to remember when I was baptized and how I was feeling that day. Was I all smiles like my son? Who was I trusting with the word and works of God in my life because it was an important step. When I am afraid, I will trust in you. Psalm 56:3 Was I really understanding what was going on and not just showing for others? Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 Was I sure of the love I had for Jesus and all that was done for me because of his unfailing love? Have I not commanded you? But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me. Psalm 13:5 I wanted to make sure that with every step in my sons life, he would truly understand all that was done for him to come to this point.
Understanding communion with the Lord is shared with us in Matthew 26:17-30, Mark 14:12-25, Luke 22:7-20 and John 13:21-30. In these books the actions taking place at the table and what Jesus was imparting to the disciples is just as important as the taking of the body and blood. Guidelines about communion are given by Paul in 1 Cor 11:17-34 about misues and coming to the Lord properly. Celebration of this wonderful time has true depth and meaning when you are in His presence. Not only do we remember the death and burial of Jesus but the resurrection and the life that has been given to us through the selfless act of Jesus Christ.
When your child or children see you during your worship, has a curiosity that leads to a hunger to know about the Lord do as the bible instructs us to do…..Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6