Recently I met a woman who said she wanted to work in Christian ministry with me. When I asked how long she had been a Christian, she enthusiastically responded “Oh, I’ve always been a Christian!”.
Concerned about her understanding of what makes a person a Christian, I showed her Psalm 51:5 which says that we are born sinful, and in fact are sinful from the time we were conceived.
No one has always been a Christian. There was a point in the life of every Christian when their condition changed from unbelief to faith in God. They may have been born into a state of grace, but that only lasted until they were capable of understanding their need of a Saviour who literally traded His perfect life for their sinful one to make them acceptable to a holy God who is so sinless and pure that nothing unholy can be in His presence.
When my children were small, I learned very quickly that those adorable little people with the sweet faces and smiles that could melt my heart were some of the most willful and devious little sinners I had ever known. Those beautiful eyes flashed lightning when they didn’t get their way, and they threw tantrums of epic proportion when Mommy dared tell them “No”. They were too young to understand the finer points of good and evil, but they sure knew how to throw a toy at their brother or steal a cookie before dinner and hide the evidence. I spent quite a few years staying within arms reach to keep on top of their behaviour, and spent many hours working on shaping their attitude and character so that they would grow into responsible adults and be a benefit to society.
My children were raised in a Christian home and grew up being taught from the Bible and going to church every week. We had nightly devotions and Scripture memory, prayed together before meals, and incorporated our faith into every aspect of our life.
But I also taught them that they were responsible for their own relationship with God, and that they would stand before Him one day and give an account, and nothing I did or said would matter. The final choice is theirs alone.
No one gets to heaven by virtue of the fact that they were raised in a Christian family.
God has no grandchildren.