Dedication (Lat. dedicatio, from dedicare, to proclaim, to announce), is to immerse oneself with sincerity into a certain subject or properly the setting apart of anything by solemn proclamation. It is thus in Latin the term particularly applied to the consecration of altars, temples and other sacred buildings, and also to the inscription prefixed to a book, etc., and addressed to some particular person.
Today was baby dedication Sunday at our church. We attend First Baptist in Macon and have really enjoyed becoming involved in the church over the past 3 months. It has been a real change for our family, but I think it was a good one. So today we dedicated our son, Micah John who just turned 4 months. In case you are wondering the dedication service is not some magical service that now means my son will go to Heaven upon his death. Not at all close, that will come when and only when my son accepts Christ as his personal savior through faith in Christ. When that day and time comes, it will mean even more emotionally and spiritually than today meant to me and my husband. No today was about Josh and I giving our son to God for His purpose and glory. The above definition states it is to immerse yourself with sincerity or to be set apart. It is my husband and my desire to raise our son (and daughter) to personally know and love the Lord with all their heart, soul and mind. We strife to raise them in a godly home and teach them godly values that will direct their lives from the day they are born until the day they die.
So it was with great love that we stood before our church and along with his grandparents, the congregation and other parents we pledged to love our children and lift them up to the Lord and teach them His ways. This will be our goal as our son grows and develops. It is a high calling and one that should not be taken lightly.
“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.