Consecrate yourself to God
On the edge of the Promised Land, God said to His people, ‘Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.’ When we consecrate ourselves to God He will do things in us, with us, for us, and through us that will amaze us. We want to do amazing things for God, and that seems noble. But we’ve got it backwards. God wants to do amazing things for us. That’s His job, not ours. Our job is consecration. To consecrate means to make holy or sacred. Consecration is more than going to church, keeping the Ten Commandments, sharing our faith, volunteering for a ministry, raising our hands in worship, and going on a mission trip. All those are good things, but that isn’t consecration. The utensils used in temple worship were considered ‘consecrated’. In other words, they were set apart for the exclusive use of God. They were devoted to His service. Consecration means that we dethrone ourselves and enthrone Jesus as Lord of our lives. It means we stop being self-obsessed. It’s no longer ‘me first’ but ‘God first’. It’s surrendering all of who we are to Him. It’s a recognition that every second of our time, every ounce of our energy, and every penny of our money is a gift from God and for God. Consecration is an ever-deepening love for Jesus, a childlike trust in our heavenly Father, and an obedience to the Holy Spirit. The Bible says: ‘But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy”’ (1 Peter 1:15-16 NIV). So let’s be a generation who are consecrated to God, and set apart for His work.
If you feel ready, surrender all the parts of your life to God today (whether for the first time or the hundredth time).
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