Dedicating your children to the Lord
Heart to Heart
Dear Families, 

      Today Jon dedicated his niece’s daughter to the Lord just as he has done with each of our children. He began with Psalms 139:13-14, “For Thou didst form my inward parts; Thou didst weave me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Thy works and my soul knows it very well.” Followed by the story of Samuel, he taught on the importance of daily dedication and training. And then he raised the little baby up to the Lord and dedicated her to God, as he prayed for God’s guidance and help for her parents in training her up for God’s kingdom.

      When Jon stressed the importance of daily dedication and training, he pointed out that Samuel’s mother promised God that she would give him to the Lord all the days of his life. Jon then continued to reveal all of the following truths.      Samuel’s response to God, “Here I am,” is indicative of his mother’s early training to honor and obey. And again, Samuel’s training becomes evident when he said, “Has the Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice” (1 Sam 15:22). Most people live for today without a vision for anything beyond their death, with no understanding that what they do determines their children’s future and the future of subsequent generations.      Dedication to the Lord is not a momentary act of obedience, but a lifetime of dedication which requires both diligence and careful training. “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he shall not depart from it” (Prov. 22:6). And because of Hannah’s careful training, Samuel did not depart from God’s way when he was older but became a useful servant, serving God as a prophet, priest, and judge to God’s people.      As parents, our vision should be focused on our children’s usefulness in God’s kingdom. Our goal should be to train up generations for God’s throne room. Therefore, let us encourage each other to faithfully dedicate our children to the Lord all the days of their lives by diligently training them to honor and obey and to hide His Word in their hearts so they will “Trust in the Lord with all their heart and lean not on their own understanding” (Prov. 3:5).       Love, Jon and Candy