Sometime ago a pastor wrote about children in Heaven. He said: “Oh, the children that will be there! I like to fancy them playing, as in the streets of a city, where no auto will crush them. Oh, the children that shall be in that cloudless [and tornadoless] land!”
He continued, “All of the blessed little fellows, who die before they can discern between right and wrong, before they can discriminate, before they can pass morally and personally on the question of the call of God to repentance and faith — everyone of them shall pass through the gates into the city of God.”
The Lord Jesus has deep compassion for children. He said to let them come to Him and don’t stop them. He saw children in closeness to God and the kingdom of Heaven.
About those little ones, Christ said: “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in Heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in Heaven” (Matthew 18:10).
Dr. Vernon McGee preached daily on the radio for many years, and is now deceased. He wondered if God will not resurrect babies as they are and give mothers whose arms have ached for them the thrill of holding and caressing them.
McGee believed that fathers who never had the joy of holding the little hand of the infant will be able to do so then. Thus, he believed the children will grow with their parents in Heaven.
The Bible is silent on whether a child will grow up in Heaven or be an adult there.
Pastor Erwin Lutzer, of famed Moody Church, Chicago, says: “Of this we can be confident: a child in Heaven will be complete.”
Lutzer continues: “Either the child will look as he would have if he were full grown, or else his mental and physical capacities will be enhanced to give him full status among the redeemed. All handicaps are gone, for Heaven is a place of perfection.”
A theologian spoke of children: “If children are saved (and I believe they shall be), it can only be because God credits their sin to Christ; and because they are too young to believe; the requirement for personal faith is waived.”
He continued: “We do not know at what age they are held personally accountable. It is impossible to suggest an age, since that may vary, depending on the child’s capacity and mental development.”
George W. Truett (1867-1944), a saintly minister of the Southern Baptists, stressed the holiness of Heaven: “Oh, at last to be holy and to be perfect even as God is holy and perfect!”
He continued: “Nothing that is unclean, unholy, impure, unchaste, shall ever cast its black shadow athwart that world of love above. ...
“We are delivered by and by, from all that defiles and pollutes. The friends of Christ are destined for a place perfect in its righteousness.”
Truett pastored First Baptist Church of Dallas for 47 years. He told of visiting the cottage of a very poor member and while there, asked her what feature of Heaven appealed most to her.
Tears came in a rush to her tired eyes as she laid down her sewing and said: “O, sir, the feature of heaven that most delights me is that some day I shall rest. I’m tired all the time. ... I have sewed until my fingers are bloodless. Oh, sir, in Heaven I shall rest and the weariness and the pain of this body of mine will be gone forever.”
An unknown poet said it best:
“There I shall bathe my wearied soul
In seas of heavenly rest,
And not one wave of trouble roll
Across my peaceful breast.”