This weekend we are away as a family, celebrating the dedication of our friend’s three children. Having been given the privilege of speaking on Sunday morning, I have been reflecting on exactly what this act of ‘dedication’ means. Although as a parent I appreciate wanting to publically thank God for your children as well as the need to ask him for help in their upbringing, there is something else about dedication that strikes me as profound. That is, not my ability or desire to dedicate myself or my child to God, but rather his dedication and commitment to me.
In Romans 8:32, the Apostle Paul says that God, ‘who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all, how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?’ Do you not find that astonishing? We should never cease to be amazed at God’s love and grace, revealed upon Calvary, in order to bring us into a loving and living relationship with himself. Additionally and flowing out of this revelation we can be reassured in the present and for the future. We can be secure in the knowledge that whatever we face and whatever we feel, we can be sure in the knowledge, that the God who saved us, is the one who promises to sustain and continually provide for us.
Be encouraged, Gareth