Friday, February 25, 2011

Mikela's Dedication

Last Sunday, Brian and Crystal's baby, Mikela, was dedicated to the Lord. In Baptist churches, we don't practice infant baptism. We practice believer's baptism. That means that only people who have willingly put their faith in Christ for the forgiveness of sins and eternal salvation undergo baptism. So that also means that little babies, who have not yet acquired the capacity for making such decisions, are not baptised.

I know this is worrisome to those who believe you must be baptised to be saved, but we also believe that all people are saved if they die before they reach an age of accountability. We also believe that it is faith in Christ, and not baptism per se, that "saves" people.

I was born into a Lutheran family, so I was baptised as a small child. But when I made a decision to give my life to Christ as a teen, I chose to be baptised again--believer's baptism. This was a bit disconcerting to my mother, but since I was getting baptised and not, say, selling drugs, it sort of blew over as an issue of contention.

Isn't Mikela precious in her ruffles and polka dots?! She is such a doll baby and we love her.

When our church has a child dedication service, it is geared toward the parents and the church community. It begins with the parents dedicating themselves to raising their child in the faith--to being an example of Christian living and love and faith in their own home and in the nurture of their child. The community is dedicating itself to being an example of love and faith as well, and most importantly, being willing to spend the time and money at church required to build all of our children in their growing faith.


My daughter, Jaime, and her husband, Drew, are godparents to Mikela. They stood up with Brian and Crystal on Sunday morning, expressing their commitment to Mikela's well-being for the rest of their lives. With military families being separated from their biological family members, they do a lot of "adopting" of new extended family. That is the case here. None of us can do life alone, at least not well. The wise find good, kindred, trustworthy souls with whom to make the journey. Friendship has got to be one of the sweetest encouragements of life.

Here they all bowed their heads and prayed for the strength and obedience to be the very best kind of loving, caring people for Mikela.
I can't think of anything that matters more in life than this.

Matthew 19:14
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

6 comments:

Beckypdj said...

She is precious :) I love when we do these services at our church. It is good to make a public confession of our commitment to raising our children in the ways of our Lord.

karen gerstenberger said...

That is a beautiful thing. Imagine how strengthening that bond will be for all of them, as she grows...and for her, to be able to look back on those photographs and be reminded that, before she DID anything, she was loved. Loved for herself, just for being, a precious part of the Family of God. Thank you for sharing this moment with us!

Robin said...

Lovely.

Contrast between getting re-baptized and selling drugs -- point taken! Very funny.

Anonymous said...

Growing up Lutheran we did the same and later in life were baptized which caused concern with all our older family, I understand. I love the pictures and the BABY! Life is good....xoxo Sharon

Anonymous said...

Yes, I believe we all must choose at the age of accountability.
I'm also glad for the redemption mercy and grace of the Lord. He is the one seeking us otherwise we would all be lost, for He first loved us. Even those selling drugs that have not been dedicated to the Lord or even been baptized are the ones He goes after with a thirsting passion!
I should know. I was one!
Matthew 18:13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.
Is this in reference to those that have strayed after knowing the Lord? I think so but how much more He relentlessly goes after the lost!
How powerful is that prayer of dedication to our babies from the parents? It is the very first step in transferring our love for the Lord to our babies and letting God know through prayer, we want Him to especially look out for them!
Yes, my kids were dedicated to the Lord and yes, at times discouraged but also so refreshed at seeing Himself revealed in their lives!
Love,
Gary

Kay said...

I remember dedicating both our children to the Lord. And often I ask myself if I am doing my job and measuring up. Such a sobering responsibility...caring for an eternal soul. So beautiful to see this family seeking to do just that.