My son got in a bit of trouble yesterday morning. He was yelling at his sister who was not playing the way he wanted. I told him to stay in his room by himself for a while while his sisters played elsewhere. A little later I told him to come in and talk with me. We laid on my bed, looking up at the ceiling, and talked about sin, salvation and sanctification. It wasn’t a lecture, but a conversation. It was good. It’s the kind of thing we talk about when we sit in our house, walk by the way, when we lie down, and when we rise. At one point I was explaining that once we trust in Jesus, God not only rescues us from the penalty of our sin (justification), but he changes us, and begins to make us more like Jesus (sanctification). My six year old asked, “Do we get superowers?!” He wasn’t trying to be funny.
I answered, “Yes, we do get superpowers. 9 of them in fact. These are powers we didn’t have before believing, and after believing these powers grow stronger as we continue to follow Jesus. The powers are: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
Elias said, “No. I mean, like, powers that let you do things!”
I explained, “Are you kidding? Patience and self-control are far more powerful and life changing than web-slinging or shape-shifting.” And from there we continued to talk simply and practically about the power of God that is not only for us to save us, but also in us to change us. I love these conversations.
If you think of him pray for my son, Elias. He’s my first born son. A good boy. Funny, energetic, sensitive, (and already a black belt in Tae Kwon Do). And like his father he needs Jesus. He was named after the 17th century church planter Elias Keach, son of the famous English Baptist Benjamin Keach. Elias Keach came to the United States, posed as a preacher and even preached one of his father’s sermons as if it were his own. In the midst of that charade he fell under conviction, confessed his sin to the people, and was converted. Shortly after this, he became a faithful pastor who did the work of an evangelist, started churches and shepherded the people of God.