In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.
Tonight the angels rejoiced over our son, Caleb Jeremiah, when he held hands with his father and me, and with tear-filled eyes and a quivering voice, surrendered his life to the Lord ~ and gave his heart to Jesus.
He is a new creation.
Sealed by the Holy Spirit until the day of redemption.
Once an enemy of the cross.
Now an enemy of the evil one.
And he is our son. A little boy who has been wrestling with becoming a Christian for quite some time, needing answers, afraid to ask ... until the Lord moved our hearts to start asking him specific questions, closed our mouths so we would listen, and gave us wisdom to know how to answer him and pull out the thoughts and motives of his heart. A heart that was already tender to the Lord because the Lord has been revealing Himself to this little boy who so badly wanted to clean himself up before He came to the foot of the cross to be forgiven. A little boy who heard the lie of satan that if you "do wrong" once you are a Christian, God will not love you anymore. And it paralyzed him.
But the Lord protected our son and opened his mouth so he could share the burdens of his heart and mind, and then allowed us the incredible privilege of showing him once again who our God is ... how much He loves us, why He died, how He forgives our sin, and most of all, how He bids us "Come."
Caleb was still a little unsure until we shared these two verses with him:
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one. John 10:27-30
I have engraved you on the palms of My hands. Isaiah 49:16
He looked at me and asked, "Does He do it right now or later?" "Do what?" "Write my name on His hand." "Right now, Caleb. As soon as you accept Him, repent of your sin, and give your life to Him, you are His. Forever."
His eyes lit up, he smiled, and then he declared, "I am ready to become a Christian."
"Why are you ready now when you were so unsure before?"
"Because I thought God could stop loving me but now I know He always will."
At seven years old, satan already had his icy hand of fear gripping the heart of my son. Whispering in his ear that he was not good enough. That he was bad. And mean. And if he did those things after becoming a Christian God would discard him. And my Caleb believed him. He believed the lie.
Praise God for breaking the power of hell itself to release my son from the grip of the enemy. He has called him to repentance. He has called him to new life. He has called him to HIMSELF. And Caleb answered, "Yes!"
And I will never stop praising my God because of it.
Angels are rejoicing tonight! And through the tears that roll rapidly down my cheeks, I am rejoicing that my son was lost - and now he has been found. And the Shepherd will never, ever let go of His sheep.