Jess had gone to the new property which the family had decided to purchase. The family, minus Jess, was sitting down to the evening meal. After giving thanks, Timmy had another question.
"Mom, some of the kids at school say their Dad doesn't live with them any more. Do you think our family will ever be that way?"
Carol touched Timmy's hand and smiled "No Timmy, we don't have to worry about a thing like that happening to our family. You see, Daddy loves God and he loves me and you boys. He would never leave us because of his love for us. And besides that, when Daddy and I got married we took a long hard look at the responsibilities we were taking on. Daddy promised God and me that he would always love me and provide for his family. If Daddy doesn't keep his word to God, It would hurt God and set a bad example for everyone who knows that we are Christians - it would show the community that we don't think much of God."
"God's word says that if a man doesn't take care of his family, that man is worse than someone who doesn't even believe in God. The same thing applies to a wife and mother as well. I made the same kind of promise to God when I married your Daddy. So you see, you boys don't have anything to worry about. As long as Daddy and I are alive we'll be with each other and take care of you boys. Even when you're grown and able to take care of yourselves, we'll still be concerned about both of you and pray for each of you everyday."
"Speaking of praying for you, Daddy and I have been praying that both of you would go forward at invitation time during worship service and accept Jesus into your life. Both of you boys have been taught about the Lord all your lives and both of you have been living like a Christian should live for several years. Daddy and I think both of you are ready to become a part of God's family and be an example for others.
The Bible says that Christians will judge the world and put the world to shame by the life and example which the Christians exhibit."
"But you have to make that decision for yourself. If someone chooses for you and makes you get baptized, it would be against God's word. You wouldn't really be born again or be a part of His Kingdom. Remember, if you take Jesus as your Savior it has to be forever. You have to try to please God no matter how much you're tempted to sin or how hard it is to stand your ground against others who don't believe God."
The Boys looked at each other and smiled. Billy exclaimed "We've been talking about accepting the Lord for a while but we thought people might think we were too young. Since you and Dad think we're ready, we know it's time. We love Jesus and want Him to be our Lord and Savior and we want the Holy Spirit to come into our heart to help us do God's will." said Tim.
Carol began to weep and the both boys got up and ran around the table to comfort her. They didn't understand what was wrong. She assured the boys nothing was wrong, she was just crying because she was so very happy about the boy's decision.
She knew the boys would have to face difficult and dangerous situations in their lives but she also knew it would be much better to face these times with Jesus, rather than without Him. So many young people today have been committing suicide because they have no hope. When you walk with Jesus a person always has hope.
Carol hugged the boys for a minute then they all started to clean up the table, as they sang a song in praise to Jesus. Carol started them out on the song, ‘Jesus Loves Even Me’.
As soon as the dishes were washed and set in the dish drainer to dry, Carol and the boys went to the living room. It was Billy's turn to read from the Bible tonight. The place where they were reading was Luke 14:1-14, where Jesus talks about people who try to exalt themselves.
After Billy read the passage he turned to his mother and said "It seems to me that several people in our congregation are always trying to exalt themselves. When ever we have a special speaker come to church or when we get a new preacher, there are some people who act like the church belongs to them. They seem to want the new person to think they are the most righteous people on the planet but I think it's obvious to everyone, what kind of people they really are. In the light of what Jesus says here, what they try to do doesn't seem right."
"I've also noticed that these same people are the very ones who treat the new preacher like a dog after a couple of years of service with the congregation” said Timmy. I think the preacher has learned for him self that these people are not perfect and that just about mortifies them. They have to get rid of the preacher no matter what they have to do to get the job done."
"I have to agree with you, that a lot of people who claim to be Christians don't act anything like Jesus says we must act” said Carol. “I’m afraid they just don't get it. If anyone tries to point out their error in this kind of attitude, they just rear back in self defense and say ‘Why, you're judging me and the Bible says you can't do that.’
"The only advice that I can give you boys, about this kind of situation, is to let the Holy Spirit deal with them. They won't listen to anyone. We can only pray for them, that the Holy Spirit might convict them of this sin and that they will finally see the harm they're doing to the church and to other people and also to themselves. We need to pray to our Heavenly Father about this problem and that we may never have this kind of attitude."
Mother and sons knelt down and went to the Lord to ask for His blessing and guidance for their lives and they asked Him to be with Jess and keep him safe while Jess was away from them.