Will My Daughter Be Saved?


I'm going to begin by making a statement that will resonate with some and disturb others: I love reformed theology. I delight in the doctrines of grace. I love the unconditional election of God, the irresistible grace of God, and the perseverance of the saints. I don't love them because they were associated with John Calvin, or because they are advocated by guys like John Piper. I love them because they are thoroughly biblical. The doctrines of grace are everywhere in scripture.

I don't believe that I chose God, or would have ever chosen God, but that he chose me. I believe that he irresistibly drew me with his grace and that he will keep me to the end. These truths warm my heart with affection for God.

But it's when I look at my four-month old daughter Charis, that the rubber really hits the road for my theology. She is so beautiful, so precious, so innocent looking. I love her with an intense love, and care for her with all my heart. Yet scripture tells me that she is spiritually dead and an enemy of God (Eph 2:1-3). Scripture also tells me that she was born under the wrath of God. These are difficult things for me to swallow, but I believe that they're true.

Scripture also tells me however, that God is loving and merciful, not desiring that any should perish. Scripture tells me that God wants to save my daughter. And scripture tells me that God responds to the prayers of the righteous. I don't understand how the sovereignty of God and prayer work together, but the Bible teaches both and I believe in both.

And so I pray intensely that God would save my daughter. I appeal to God, asking him to open her eyes to the gospel at a young age. I ask him to draw her to himself by irresistible grace. I ask him to open her blind eyes to see Jesus Christ as her savior. Before I place her in her crib each night, I hold her close, kiss her on the head, and lift my voice to God in prayer.

I believe God will save my daughter. Why? Because God is full of mercy. He sovereignly gave her a mommy and daddy who pray for her every day. He placed her in a church that preaches the saving gospel of Christ week after week. I believe that God ordained these things to lead her to Christ.

I also find great comfort in knowing that it's God who saves. Why? Because there is no way that I could ever 'convince' Charis to trust in Jesus. I know that I simply don't have the ability to open her eyes to the gospel. God must put spiritual life in her, and because he is good, I believe that he will.

I believe that someday Charis will trust in Jesus as her savior, not because of the persuasive preaching of her dad, but because of the loving kindness of her God. That's my only hope. What's yours?

Posted by Stephen Altrogge at 8:00 AM  


Amen, amen, and amen. Amazing grace, how sweet the sound.

Jake Belder said...
January 21, 2008 at 10:26 AM  

Jake - Grace truly is amazing. It's my only hope for and my daughter.

January 21, 2008 at 11:52 AM  

Deep deep deep, man if that past was an actor it would named; Jonny Deep. I believe that God is the one to choose us. Jesus said that nobody comes to the son unless the Father first draws him. Your daughter has committed no sin yet was born into it and is living in darkness (hard to imagine with a smile like that!), but i believe in the mercy and long suffering of God. God would wait for your daughter to trust in Christ on her death bed if need be (not that would be your first choice) God is most certainly long suffering!!
Good post S.
By the way do you know the difference between Reformed theology and Renewal theology, because i love the latter, yet i am unsure of any differences that separate them. I know by reading your posts that we have a slightly different view on things, however i believe we both come to similar conclusions. i suppose we approach it differently but arrive at the same destination.
God bless you Stephen.

Youngblood said...
January 21, 2008 at 4:04 PM  

Thanks for your encouragement Ben. I'm not sure what the difference is between reformed theology and renewal theology.

If anyone can shed light on the topic feel free to chime in...

January 21, 2008 at 7:39 PM  

Thanks for this Stephen...it's sparked off a bit of a debate on my blog about the salvation of infants. You might be interested in checking it out...

CraigS said...
January 22, 2008 at 1:06 AM  


I'll definitely check out the debate.

January 22, 2008 at 7:58 AM  

What an encouraging post! Those are some great truths to tell ourselves when we fear for our young children's future salvation!
As for infant salvation this is a topic very near my heart due to personal experience and I have blogged a fair bit about it if your interested. http://motherhoodapologia.blogspot.com/search/label/Salvation%20of%20Children

Melanie said...
January 22, 2008 at 11:29 PM  

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