Why We Have Dedications
On Sunday, May 8th (Mother’s Day), we will be dedicating children to the Lord. So are the children being dedicated or are the parents? That’s a good question. I typically like to call them family dedications. But there is a sense in which the parents are dedicating the children. Whatever it is called when parents make this public act of dedication it can be a powerful moment in your heart and home.
Children are a great blessing from the Lord. Indeed, Psalm 127:3
in the NLT states that “Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him.” We celebrate when they are born as family and friends. It can be a powerful time of celebration and witness when we publically dedicate our homes and our children to the Lord in the context of gathered worship.
So what is family dedication? It is not salvation. That is only by grace through faith in Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9). It is Not baptism or some kind of christening. Baptism is an external sign of one’s personal faith in Christ. So what is dedication? I share six things to understand about family dedication:
1. The practice of baby dedication is based on scriptural precedent, rooted in the Old Testament, in which Jesus is presented to the Lord in the temple as an infant (Luke 2:22-35)
2. It is also based on and acknowledges God’s blessing upon and concern for children (Isaiah 54:13; Matthew 18:1-5, 15-17)
3. It is parents, who are doing the dedicating. It is a commitment you make in your heart before the Lord Jesus and agree together to live out in your home. The ceremony in the church is simply a public acknowledgement of this commitment.
4. You acknowledge that your children are a gift from the Lord (Psalm 127:3-5)
5. You acknowledge your responsibility, as parents, to raise your children in the training and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4)
6. You commit to live your lives as parents, by the grace of God, in such a way as to be positive examples of followers of Jesus. You, as parents, desire to commend Christ to your children through word and deed.
7. Your church leadership and community commit to support, pray and equip you in this great task.
Dedicating Children to the Lord is an expression of our commitment and dependence upon the Lord’s Strength. What a joy to dedicate children and to stand with their parents in this God given responsibility.
See You Sunday,
A Great Verse for Parents … (Ok for all of us) – Isaiah 66:2
This is the LORD’s declaration.
I will look favorably on this kind of person:
one who is humble, submissive in spirit,
and trembles at My word.