Do you remember show and tell in elementary school? On Friday afternoons each student held up a prized possession from home, told what it was and how they got it, then passed it around the class for closer inspection. Some may think that baby dedications are a church-styled show and tell, but that is far from the point.
What is a baby dedication? Well, it is not presented in the Bible as a church ordinance. A baby dedication expresses a parent’s desire to shepherd his child’s heart to know and obey the Lord Jesus Christ. It expresses a church’s generational desire to see the faith carry on to the next generation. It is a pledge of Gospel hope, a promise by the parents, and a partnership with the Body of Christ.
The goal is to raise children “in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). Every child with parents willing to make such a public promise to the Lord and partnership with the church is blessed by God, even before they know it, as Timothy was blessed by his mother and grandmother. “I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well” (2 Timothy 1:5).
On Mother’s Day, May 12th, these families will dedicate their children to the Lord. As a church family, we commit with them to pray, encourage, and help along the way.