You Are Precious in His Sight
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Jesus loves the little children,
Has anyone ever told you how special you are? Has anyone ever told you they love you? Did you know there is someone very important who loves you and was a child just like you? He had friends just like you. He laughed and sometimes cried just like you. Do you know who this important person is? His name is Jesus, and He is God's only son, and He loves you very much. While Jesus at one time was a child just like you, there was something very different about Him -- Jesus was (and still is) also God and today He lives with God in heaven! Let me tell you a story about how much Jesus loves children like you.
One time when Jesus was talking to some adults about God, His Father, some mommies and some daddies brought their children to Jesus so He could pray for them and hold them. The disciples or followers of Jesus tried to send them away so the children wouldn't bother Jesus, but He said to them, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs" (Matthew 19:14). Jesus took time out of His busy day to spend with the little children. Jesus gathered the children to Him, prayed for them, and put His hands on them. Most importantly, Jesus told the children that the kingdom of heaven belongs to people who have faith like a child.
Do you know what faith is? It means believing in something that you may not be able to see. Can you see the air that you breath? No, but I bet you believe in it. Can you see the bones in your body? No, but I bet you believe they are there. Can you see God? Not today, but you can know He is there, that He loves you and wants you to be a part of His family. God wants you to trust in Him and depend on Him for everything!
Do you want to become a part of God's family? Do you want Jesus to come into your life? Then in faith you must believe that Jesus is God's only Son, that He was killed for our sins and rose from the dead three days later, and now lives at God's right hand up in heaven. If you believe that these things are true, you can ask Him into your life right now! Just pray something like this:
Dear Jesus, I am sorry for all of the bad things I have done (sins). Thank You for dying for me and taking my punishment in my place for me. I thank You that You rose from the dead, making a place for me to live with You forever in heaven. I want You to live in my heart. I want You to be my Savior and best friend. Amen.
If you have just prayed the prayer above, congratulations--you are now a part of God's family! Ask someone you love to take you to church; ask him or her to read to you some of the stories in the Bible; and talk with God and ask Him to help you each day. Finally, please write to us and tell us of your decision, and we will send you some more booklets to help you grow in your new love for God.
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