Child Dedication

A child dedication is just as much about the parents as it is about the child. When a parent dedicates their child they are committing themselves to four things:

  1. To accept the responsibility as the primary spiritual leader of their child’s life.

  2. To teach their child God’s word and lead them to a faith in Christ.

  3. To model the love and grace of our Heavenly Father to their children.

  4. To raise their child actively involved in church.

In a nutshell, a parent commits to cultivating an environment for their child to put their belief in Christ when they are older. Parents have the most influence in their child’s spiritual development. Sometimes the influence is positive and sometimes it is negative, but the parent has the strongest influence.

The Example of Jesus

Luke 2:21–24, “Eight days later, when the baby was circumcised, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel even before he was conceived. Then it was time for their purification offering, as required by the law of Moses after the birth of a child; so his parents took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. The law of the Lord says, “If a woman’s first child is a boy, he must be dedicated to the Lord.” So they offered the sacrifice required in the law of the Lord—“either a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.” - NLT

Jesus was “presented to the Lord” or “dedicated to the Lord” as was the custom of the Jews in his day.

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