Responsibility of Godly Parents
“...they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord.” Luke 2:22
The act of dedicating children to the Lord was a common practice of blessing among the people of God in both the Old and New Testament periods. In addition, it was also a statement of recognition on the part of the parents that their child really belonged to God. As Christians today, we dedicate children with the same purpose in mind. In addition, the public dedication of children includes the Church body agreeing to assist in the spiritual growth of your child.
Dedication is not the salvation of the child; it is a public expression of faith and commitment on the part of the parents and of blessing on the part of God through His Church. This act by the parents is a prayerful declaration of their stewardship over God’s gracious gift to them.
“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach
them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house,
when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7
“And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4
“For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition which I asked of him. Therefore I also have lent him to the Lord; as long as he lives he shall be lent to the Lord.” 1 Samuelb1:27-28