Baby Dedication

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“Children are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from Him.” Psalm 127:3
1. Know God’s Gift of Love
The greatest importance is to know the gift of God’s love in Jesus Christ personally as parents. In Ephe- sians 2:6-9 the Bible says “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast.”

2. Be a Living Example of Christ to Your Child
It does not do your child any good to instruct him in the way of the Lord if you yourself do not walk what you talk. Therefore, it is good for you to always be examining yourself and your witness to your children. In Proverbs 20:7 the Bible says “The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed (happy) are his chil- dren after him.” The main reason for the blessed state of this man’s children is that they have someone to look up to and to use as an example to model their own behavior. We as parents are encouraged to strive to be that example to our children even as Christ is our example.

3. Instruct Your Child in the Way of the Lord
We are taught in Ephesians 6:4 (NIV) to “bring them (your children) up in training and instruction of the Lord.” And Proverbs 22:6 adds, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not turn from it.” If we, while our children are young, instruct them in His ways, our children will grow in the ways of God for a lifetime.

4. Pray Constantly For Your Child
A parent’s responsibility to pray for their child does not end at their dedication, but continues throughout the rest of their life. We see an example of this in James 5:16 “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” The prayer of Christ-centered parents powerfully covers their children in prayer that will produce effective change for a lifetime.