To finish up my thoughts on "When Can A Child Believe?" I wanted to share what I think about the journey kids travel toward salvation. I believe there are three stages that a child will move through. These stages will play out differently for each child.
The Discovery Stage: In this stage children are curious and ask lots of questions. They are downloading information that they will use later, but not necessarily when they ask. Many people confuse curiosity with conviction. Answering questions and building on knowledge the child has already received will help lay the foundations for the next stage.
The Discerning Stage: During this stage you can expect the child to begin to be concerned about spiritual things. He begins to ask lots of questions about death, heaven, and hell. You can expect him to begin to discern for himself that sin is actually against God.
The Deciding Stage: In the deciding stage the child will become convicted of her sinfulness and need for a savior. She will understand and be willing to make God Lord (or boss) of her life. It’s in the deciding stage that she realizes it’s time to make a decision.
This subject always gets lots of "play time" at conferences and in conversation with parents and teachers. I hope that some of my thoughts have ignited some of your thoughts.
Bottom Line: Joining a child on his spiritual journey is a gift from God. Make sure you join the journey with integrity and intelligence.