Philadelphia Baptist Church

Lent To The Lord

Lent To The Lord
Sunday AM

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When God blesses a couple with a child, He entrusts them with the most precious thing in the universe, a human soul. When that child is born and they hold their baby in their arms for the first time, they are holding one of the greatest blessings a person can ever be given. They are holding a soul that God loves so much that He sent His Own Son to earth to die for them.
Such a sacred trust could be overwhelming had God not given us a book to guide us in rearing our children. The Bible is full of practical instruction and real life examples of parents who honored God. One such example is the Old Testament character Hannah. She’s most well known for being the mother of Samuel, but how she came to be the mother of a boy who went on to be one of the greatest prophets in history is remarkable.
Samuel was born because Hannah had the faith to ask God to do the impossible. In return for giving her a son, Hannah promised to give that son back to the Lord all the days of his life. God answered her prayer, and Hannah fulfilled her vow. 1 Samuel 1:28 records her words of dedication when Samuel was brought to the temple to be given back to God. “Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD.” Hannah recognized that her child was a gift from God and the only way to honor God for such a gift was to give him back to the Lord.
Parents must understand that their children belong to God first. As we dedicate these children today, these parents are following the pattern of Hannah in saying, “As long as he (or she) liveth, he shall be lent to the Lord.” They are dedicating their child to God and themselves to the task of rearing a child who is prepared to do whatever God’s will for their life may be.