WHY DO WE DEDICATE CHILDREN?
Dedicating children to the Lord is not strict command in Scripture. It is simply an attempt to apply several Biblical principles regarding parenting and Church life in a way that is culturally relevant.
In Mark 10:13-16 we read:
Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a lit- tle child will by no means enter it.” And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.
The dedication of children is a way of bringing them to Jesus for His blessing.
Our children have been entrusted to us for a time. We have been given the task of teaching them and protecting them. To the end that they can glorify God in their own lives as they grow up. Dedication is an act of declaring Jesus’ Lordship over our family and asking his help to accomplish such an important task.
Also, by bringing our children before the Lord and the church, we are making a promise that we intend to raise our children in Jesus Christ as we are instructed in Ephesians 6:4. For this reason, parents considering taking this step of formally dedicating their children need to consider the seriousness of the commitment.
So, dedicating our children is not some kind of ritual. It is a sober dedication of the parents to the ways of the Lord in raising their child.
WHAT DEDICATION ISN’T:
Dedicating your child to the Lord does not save them. It is not baptism. It is not a good luck charm for their lives. It is not magical. It cannot do for your child what they will need to do for themselves when they grow to the age where they can understand and participate in baptism and communion by faith.
A FINAL WORD:
Making a commitment to raise your child in The Lord does not mean that you need to figure out how to do that on your own. As your church family, we are there for you to help in any way we can. And, as always, God’s grace will accomplish the work in your heart and soul as you abide in His word and connected with Him through humility and faith.