Dedicate Your Children To The Lord

Question: Have you ever given your children back to God? 

What does that mean? When should I do that? How can I do that?


By asking this question: I’m not suggesting that you physically return your children to God


This is what the question means:


Have you recognised your children are a precious gift from the Lord, 

and they belong now and always to God first.


God will ask us to put various things on His altar:  Today, We’ll look at how we can bring our children and place them in God’s hands.


There are examples of parents in the Bible who brought their children to God in order to give them back to Him:


There is the classic example of Hannah bringing her son Samuel (the son for whom she had prayed), and presenting him to God, and handing young Samuel over to Eli the priest - (I Sam. 1:27-28).

Then there is Joseph and Mary: They brought the infant Jesus to the temple following his circumcision at 8 days. They brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord - (Lk. 2:22).

 

In these days when crazy things are happening around us, is there help in raising our children?


Is there something that every parent and grandparent can be encouraged with today?

What if my child is grown already?

I BELIEVE THERE IS SOMETHING in today’s message for everyone - not only the 3 parents who are dedicating their babies

That includes all parents, grandparents

No matter what the age of your child is

God loves you and He loves your family


TODAY: Giving Your Children Back To God


STORY: Our girls…Patsy’s parents - that challenged me - I wanted to keep them forever - I didn’t like the thought of them going off - being away from me - when Annalisa moved to China to serve God…


The best thing any of us could ever do for a child is give them back to God


When we entrust or commit our children back to God—we secure for them God’s best purpose and plan for their lives.

 

Three Components of Giving Our Children Back to God


What does it mean?  It means 3 things:

 

1) Giving our children to God is a DEMONSTRATION of OUR love for God.

 

The first thing we are saying when we give our child back to the Lord

Is I love God even more than I love my child

(A child is a most prized possession…but scripture instructs us to not let them take the place of God!)

Our attitude is: I love you child, so much so, that I want the very best for you. 


If that means giving you to God, disciplining you, giving you limitations (holding the line), and EVEN changing MY life for your benefit…I’ll do whatever it takes!)


Hannah loved God above the most prized treasure of her life...her only son Samuel

Hannah said…


1 Samuel 1:28 Now I am giving him to the Lord, and he will belong to the Lord his whole life.” And they worshiped the Lord there.” (NLT)


Jesus said this while He walked on the earth…


Matt. 10:37 If you love your father or mother more than you love me, you are not worthy of being mine; or if you love your son or daughter more than me, you are not worthy of being mine.

Matt. 10:38 If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine. (NLT)

 

These are some of the strongest words for families in the new testament

These words are so important because it’s God telling us how we can be positioned for the people most important to us

So the ENTIRE family can have HIS blessing


2) Giving our children to God is a DECLARATION His Will for them is priority.


When we give our child back to God, we are openly declaring that:


This child is a gift from God. 

This child does not ultimately belong to me.

(We have the privilege to love and train our children to choose God’s will for their life.

This had to be on Hannah’s mind when she gave Samuel back to the Lord. 

She was saying, “Lord, this young man belongs to you—not me” 

She was saying, “You do with him as you please.  He’s yours!”

 

Psa. 127:3 Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the

womb a reward. (ESV)


Note:  We’d should be careful how we treat and care for God’s property and His reward!