Last month while I was practicing the song The King is Among Us on the keyboard, the Lord illuminated a particular phrase from this music to me. It happened in the middle of the night as I was sleeping, and it just penetrated my heart as I heard Him speak. Why not listen to this song and see if you hear what I heard?
Can you guess what words the Lord spoke to me?
The words “Consecrate yourself to Me, and you will see amazing things” replayed over and over again in my head. I knew it was God personally speaking to me, but I have to tell you…. I wasn’t sure I understood the deep implication of those words.
Do you know what consecrating yourself to God means? Well, this is what I learned.
- Consecration means setting yourself apart, dedicating yourself to God. (Romans 12)
Do you want to serve God with your whole heart, your soul and mind, and with all your strength? Then, consecration is the first basic experience of your service to God. It means to set yourself apart to Him (body, soul and spirit) for His good works in your life. In the Old Testament, Aaron and his sons were consecrated to the Lord (Leviticus 8). In the New Testament, you and I are called to be living sacrifices offering our service to God (Romans 12).
- True consecration requires your understanding of this truth… that God has purchased you and has all rights to your life.
Because of the love of God poured out with Christ’s shed blood on the cross, you belong to Him. God has personally bought you, carrying all rights of ownership for your life. Actually, it is His love that binds you to Him. You must realize that God does not need your good works. It is you who needs Him. And thank God… He will do this work for you! (1 Cor 6:19-20)
- Love must be the only basis for your consecration to God.
Your consecration to God can only be done as a gift of love for the One who loved your first. You cannot do this in your own strength. You must choose to become a bond-servant of love to God, willing to go and do whatever He says in obedience. That means no works of service trying to please God and no manipulation trying to get things from God (2 Cor 5:14-15).
- When you consecrate yourself to God, you will see amazing things.
Ok now, I know…. God is good. He is faithful and willing to do amazing things. But you and I must do our part to see these amazing things, right? We must be willing to become a love-slave, a bond-servant of of the Lord Jesus Christ, just like the Paul, James and Peter did. Refer to Titus 1:1, James 1:1, and 2 Peter 1:1. Even Joshua told the Israelites to consecrate themselves to God prior to their crossing the Jordan and entering the Promised Land. See Joshua 3.
I don’t know about you, but I want to consecrate myself to God, especially since He told me to do this. Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to see God heal people. I desired to see His miracles, just like the stories I heard about in the Bible. However, I have to admit…. my heart is willing, at least most of the time, and I know my flesh is weak.
Do you desire to see God do amazing things? Are you still wanting to cross into your promised land? Then, consider consecrating yourself to God!
I wonder…. can I really do this “consecration to God” thing? Are you thinking that too? Did you know that God has actually outlined a consecration process? I hope to write more about my consecration journey, and you can read my next blog post on this subject by clicking here. Will you please pray for me?