Calling on the name of the Lord, praising, praying, and reading the Bible may seem easy enough for most Christians to practice. However, when it comes to the matter of consecration, many feel like this is something impossible to achieve and that only a few strong Christians can be consecrated people. However, according to the Bible, consecration is not something for a few but should rather be a normal practice for all of God’s people. We need to take a fresh look at the basis, motive, and meaning of consecration.
The basis of consecration is God’s purchase. 1 Corinthians 6:20 says,
“For you have been brought with a price. So then glorify God in your body.”
God, as our Creator, is our rightful owner. But man fell and sin entered into man and he became sinful. Under the righteous law of God man was condemned and became estranged from God. However, God sent His only begotten Son to come and die in our place. Christ Jesus paid the highest price by His death on the cross to redeem us from the law. Now through the shedding of His precious blood we have been brought back to God. We as His redeemed ones belong to Him.
However, the motive of consecration is not God’s purchase, but rather God’s love. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 say:
“For the love of Christ constrains us because we have judged this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all that those who live may no longer live to themselves but to Him who died for them and has been raised.”
God is our rightful owner and we as saved ones belong to Him, but God does not demand or force us to give ourselves to Him. Instead, God simply shows us His great love toward us. We love because He first loved us. Therefore, consecration is not a burden or a chore that we are required to do as believers but rather something we willingly and joyfully do because of God’s constraining love.
Finally, we come to the real meaning of consecration. According to the Bible consecration is to be a sacrifice. Romans 12:1 says:
“I exhort you therefore, brothers, through the compassions of God to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service.”
A sacrifice is something that is set apart from its original position and usage. When we consecrate ourselves, we, as sacrifices, are placed on God’s altar and can no longer be used for any other purposes, including our own purposes and intentions.
Furthermore, consecration is not our promising God to do something for Him and trying our best to keep that promise. No, rather, it is giving God permission to do His work in us. Then as a result of His inward working He able to do whatever He would like through us. What a refreshing view of consecration. Let us all give ourselves to Him every day!