Call me the Godfather

Are you a godparent? Having sponsors at a baptism isn’t as common today as it used to be. And the Bible doesn’t tell us that everyone has to have godparents. So if your kids didn’t have a godfather and a godmother chosen for them at their baptisms, that’s okay.

But you can call me the Godfather. (Because I actually have a goddaughter. I also do a pretty decent Marlon Brando impersonation, but we’ll save that for another time.)

I love being a godfather! Here are a few reasons why:

  • Children are precious to God. Jesus invited the little children to come to him and held them in his arms. He says that his kingdom belongs to little ones. When parents bring their kids to be baptized, God does something amazing. He seals that child as his own prince or princess of heaven. If my little baptized goddaughter is precious to Jesus, she’s precious to me too!
  • The faith of little children needs to grow. The faith that’s planted or fed when someone is baptized needs to constantly grow and be fed. If I’m a godfather, I get to keep telling my goddaughter about that day I saw God wash her clean and make her his own. And I get to keep encouraging her in her walk with Jesus and reminding her of God’s amazing promises. I get to watch her learn to walk and talk and grow. But even better, I get to watch her faith in Jesus blossom and grow.
  • Parents can use some help from time to time. We can all use some reinforcement once in a while when it comes to parenting. That’s especially true with spiritual things. As a godfather, I get to be the other voice that also says what her parents say. It’s good for kids to hear someone else tell them that their parents are doing well and that their parents want what’s best for their souls when they take them to church and Sunday school, read Bible stories with them, and pray together. If I’m the godfather, I’m the reinforcement!
  • You can’t pray for someone too much. Godparents are privileged to join a child’s parents, grandparents, and other family members in praying. The more the better! My goddaughter’s parents can count on me coming regularly before God and asking him to watch over this little girl, protect her, keep her in his tender care, and help her stay close to him until he takes her to heaven. Can we ever have too many of those prayers?

One time, Jesus “took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them” (Mark 10:16). Jesus really does love the little children. One way that he carries out his love and care for the children is through us—through parents and relatives and, yes, through godparents too. How cool is that?

Come on; do it again. Call me the Godfather.

I love it!

 

Kurt Wetzel is a pastor at Cross of Christ in Boise, Idaho. He’s also a proud husband, father, and godfather.

 

 

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