Parent Dedication / Child Presentation
What does it mean to dedicate ourselves and to present our children to God?
First, it means that you are publicity acknowledging your child as a gift from God and presenting him or her to the Lord that His will might be realized in the childís life. Psalm 127:3 declares, "Lo, children are a heritage from the Lord and the fruit of the womb is His reward." That being the case, our first responsibility is to recognize that our children are lives that God has entrusted to us. It becomes our parental responsibility to bring up our children in the ways of the Lord and His word.
Second, Proverbs 22:6 states, "Train up a child in the way he should go (his natural bent) and when he is old he will not depart from it." One who trains others must be trained himself. You yourself must be familiar with heavenís manual for training children which is Godís word. In the word we learn the principles of discipline, instruction, and correction which are essential elements of child training. Timothy had a rich heritage from his mother Eunice and his grandmother Lois in that they taught him the scriptures as a child (I Timothy 1:5; 3:14,15). Is it any surprise that Timothy was saved as a young man? The Apostle Paul addresses an important word to fathers in Ephesians 6:4, "And ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord."
Third, we appeal to the church to pray for and with the parents as they seek to live for Christ and to train their children for Him. Every parent sooner or later realizes that parenthood is no easy task. We need to encourage one another, pray for each other and support one another in those stress periods when our children go through different times. There is no easy formula, every child is different, we all need to learn-and how great it is to know we have praying, supportive Christian friends who are upholding us before God. Parent dedication is not saying, "I have all the answers, or will be a perfect parent." It is saying, "I canít do it alone and need the help of my Christian brothers and sisters-will you pray for me? If we do not take our Christian responsibilities seriously there is little value in such a public service. There will also be times when we are tempted to forfeit Sunday School or other Christian education opportunities. Sometimes the children themselves will press us to make other things more important. Remember this day when those times come. However, if we dedicate ourselves to God in the task of raising our children for Christ we believe we can trust Him to save our children and to use them for His glory!
Are you willing to commit to this?
Do you, the body of Christ, commit to help and encourage these Christian parents in any ways you can in the raising of their children?
Youth & Christian Ed Director