Baby dedications matter! They make a difference!

6a00d8341fd10e53ef0192ab44393a970dBabies and small children are a special gift from God! Such potential! Such possibilities!
The church body I am a part of “dedicates” children (and their parents) to the Lord. Others practice infant baptism. I could address the theological issues related to each approach but will not. My point today is simply to affirm the fact that I believe there is something powerful – something “prophetic” – in such ceremonies! I believe God honors the words spoken over small children and the commitments that parents or caregivers make in those kinds of occasions. In fact, if I am attending such a ceremony I pay particular attention to words that are spoken and utter a strong “Amen!” whenever possible. If I am conducting (or participating in) such a ceremony, I trust the Lord to guide and prompt my words through the power of the Holy Spirit! I personally believe God can and will guide me prophetically and will honor what is said and affirmed.
Yesterday, during “coffee with the Lord,” I was reminded of this as I read the story of Jesus and his “presentation” at the temple very early in His life. I also read of His development physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually subsequent to that occasion. My belief? Every Christian parent of a small child would desire what the Bible says about Jesus following that “presentation” occasion to be true of their child! Here’s the record…
“And when the time came… they brought Jesus up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord… Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, ‘Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace according to Your word; for my eyes have seen Your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.’ And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. And there was a prophetess, Anna… She was advanced in years… she did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of Him [Jesus] to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem… And they returned into Galilee, to the town town of Nazareth. And the child [Jesus] grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon Him! … And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man!” (From Luke 2:22-52)
Isn’t that what you want for your child… and if you’re a grandparent, for your grandchildren? I believe it is also what you want for the children of your friends and other family members as well! … For them to grow and become strong, filled with wisdom… enjoying the favor of God… Growing physically, emotionally, and spiritually… Becoming all that God created them to be! And if you have a small child and haven’t “presented them to the Lord” yet… May I be one voice urging you to do it… Not because it will “save them” (that will be their personal decision as they are exposed to the Gospel and put their trust in Jesus Christ for themselves), but because God honors such pledges and prophetic blessings. After all, it’s just as much a personal commitment for you as a parent or caregiver to keep them under the influence of the Gospel as it is a presentation of the child!

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