The act of child dedication is an expression of your desire to invite God into the process of parenting.  As fathers and mothers we realize that we need God’s help to be wise and loving in our care of children.  The very basis of parenting is demonstrated in the Godhead with the Father and Son.  The prophets also describe God showing mother-like care of the young.

As parents, you have within you the image of God.  Is it any wonder that Jesus was so receptive to children and outspoken on the danger of offending little ones?  As parents, we need to learn to build our families on the basis of love, not fear.

The best parenting combines loving approval with measured boundaries.  It is the role of parents to provide a reasonable way of living to their children.  As the child matures, we launch them towards independence and self-reliance.

No matter how much your own childhood and upbringing affected you, a relationship with God can give you the opportunity to learn new ways of living and parenting. 

When God was preparing His people to enter the land of promise, they were a people who had lived with oppression.  As slaves, they were at the mercy of others and had no freedoms.  They were entering into a new way of living with which they had no previous experience to compare to.

He gave them a life principle that would keep them moving in the right direction.

Deuteronomy 6:
4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

God tells parents to center their lives in Him.  To impart your passion for God to your children requires talking with them, walking with them and being part of their bed-time and rising.  It involves your house and your priorities.