John 1:12– Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God (NIV).
Well-known elocutionist, (and my mother-in-law) Clarissa Courtney Wood loved to recite lines from the poem she called ‘Are all the Children in?’ I can still hear her pleading voice and feel the haunting look in her eyes as she stared us down, willing each one of us to answer that question.
The last stanza went something like this.
I wonder if when the shadows fall on the last short earthly day,
When we say good-bye to the world outside, all tired with childish play;
When we step out into the other land, where Mother so long has been,
Will we hear her ask, just as of old, “Are all the children in?”
Grandma wasn’t talking about getting us to bed before midnight. Like so many mothers before and since, she wanted her loved ones to ask Jesus into their life so that they would go to heaven when they died. She looked forward to spending eternity with them.
John 3:16-18-“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.
God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.
Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it.
And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him (MSG)
Galatians 3:26–So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith (NIV)
3 John 1:4-I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth (NIV).
Are all the children in?
Brenda J Wood