Consecrated to What?

We can use words without giving them much thought. For example the word “consecrate.” What does it really mean? We can think of it in general terms like being dedicated to a task, a mission, a mate, etc. The problem with this is in how dedicated are we? We can be mildly committed, fairly involved or we can go all out. If we are going for a great prize or for fame or advancement, we will probably go all out. Why? Because it has become very important to us? This thinking prompts the next question: Do we go “all out” for Jesus? Think this through. This goes beyond a mission, a task, a contest, etc. This is consecration to a Person. In other words, dedication to Whom? Consecration involves separation to Jesus; consequently, it involves separation from the world system, its values, interests, behavior, thinking, etc. wherever, and in whatever way, these things conflict with what God expects, commands and teaches. Do we love and value Jesus enough to make this kind of commitment to Him? It will take time, energy, study, devotion, love, interaction, giving of our means and more. Are we open to spending the remainder of our time on earth, steadily, faithfully and increasingly moving closer to Him and further and further away from this “fallen” world’s ways? “Paul was inspired to spell this out: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service, and be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:1-2). Jennie Evelyn Hussey’s hymn, “Lead Me to Calvary, defines the determination that must be ours: “King of my life, I crown Thee now, Thine shall the glory be: Lest I forget Thy thorn crowned brow, lead me to Calvary. May I be willing, Lord, to bear daily my cross for Thee; even Thy cup of grief to share, Thou hast borne all for me. Lest I forget Gethsemane; lest I forget Thine agony; lest I forget Thy love for me, lead me to Calvary.” Selah! Are we truly willing to be consecrated?   Ron

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One thought on “Consecrated to What?

  1. thank you, pastor ron. j. vernon mcgee defines “consecrate” in one of his sermons,
    but i cannot remember which one. do you happen to know?

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