Consecration is a topic not really touched on. Many are not sure what it means. Not only will we speak on what it is, we will learn how to do it. This is very important, and something we ought to apply to our lives in the very beginning of our walk. There are many things individuals do not know about it and are sincerely deceived. Let’s find out what it means that we may truly be consecrated for our Father in Heaven. Consecration in Hebrew means to separate for sacred use; this is also the meaning in the 1828 Webster’s dictionary.
So what does Consecration mean to us?
We ought to separate ourselves from a worldly and sinful lifestyle and dedicate ourselves to God FULLY.
Now what does that mean? do we change our actions to mimic Christ, should we stop certain actions to have a outward form of godliness? Is this possible? Well our first concern is whether or not this is possible, what does the bible say? Well in Matthew chapter 19 verses 25 to 26 it states,
“When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, with men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”
Notice Jesus wanted them to understand that men’s ability to change or even obtain salvation on their own merits is absolutely IMPOSSIBLE. There are many today who try to consecrate themselves to God, thinking their own actions or change of actions, qualifies them for holiness. Let’s see what Jesus says about those types of individuals. In Matthew chapter 15 verse 8 reads,
“This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.” (Also taken from Isaiah 29:13)
Jesus also says in Matthew 23 verses 25 through 28,
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter that the outside of them may be clean also.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.
Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.”
The bible is clear, consecration can not be done by mere change of outward actions or dress or anything outward. But it is an inward dedication to Our Father that He requires of us. Let’s first solidify this point before we move on. Many would say, well isn’t there some action we ought to do to work with Christ in our consecration? The answer is no. It is His righteousness and His ways that He alone can place in us. Isaiah 64 verse 6 says…
“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away”
Our righteousness means nothing to God as far as receiving righteousness or salvation. The reason is because our sins have already disqualified us. These verses should without a doubt show our actions can do nothing or add nothing toward our own righteousness or salvation.
“Isa 59:2 says, but your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you that he will not hear.”
“Eph 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;”
“Isa 1:5-6 says, why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. from the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrefying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.”
“Jeremiah 17:9 say the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
“Jeremiah 13:23 say, Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? Then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.”
Consecration is the work of the spirit of God in the heart. Only Christ can separate us from the uncleanness or our sin. Our separation from the world and sinfulness is not a mere outward separation. It is an inward separation; we ought to separate our Hearts and minds from the wickedness that keeps us from becoming one with our Heavenly Father and His Son.
I thought we can’t do anything to consecrate ourselves? This is correct, but there is one thing and only one thing that is asked of us to do.
Jeremiah chapter 29 verses 12 and 13 reads,
“Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with ALL your heart.”
It is only when we have surrendered our WHOLE heart and search for Him with our WHOLE heart that He will reveal Himself to us and recreates us and truly consecrates us for holiness. There are many more that reveal this truth.
“Pro 3:5-7 reads, Trust in the LORD with ALL thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In ALL thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.”
The requirement for Christ to dwell in you completely is for you to give Him ALL of you. Your being, your mind, you strength, your passion, literally ALL OF YOU and in turn Christ will give you ALL OF HIMSELF.
Most individuals think when Christ says keep my commandments, it means for you to use your strength to follow His laws. This is a great deception. Scripture reveals the purpose of the law is for us to be brought to the understanding Gods love and by beholding our Fathers Character in the law we become changed. Notice what Jesus says to a person who is a student of the law in Luke chapter 10 verses 25-26
“And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?, He said unto him, What is written in the law? How readest thou?”
The Lawyer asked about eternal life and Christ referred him to the law, which if we stopped reading we would say that is contradicting, since we can’t keep or follow any law to get eternal life. But look and see what the lawyer perceived while reading and studying the law of God. In verse 27 to 28 of Luke chapter 10 states,
“And he answering said, Thou shalt LOVE the Lord thy God with ALL thy heart, and with ALL thy soul, and with ALL thy strength, and with ALL thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: these do and thou shall live.”
Notice Christ Himself confirmed His understanding of the law to be correct by saying “Thou hast answered right”. Our consecration is surrendering our mind, heart, soul, strength to Him and He will cleanse us from ALL sin and unrighteousness and will give us His righteousness and set us apart exclusively for Holiness.
Everything has to be given up in order to be with Christ, anything less is a false relationship and false salvation. Jesus says in Luke 14 verse 33 say,
“So likewise, whosoever he is of you that forsakes not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.”
Are you Christ disciple? Have you forsaken all of self? And have surrendered all to Jesus? If not, I beseech you brethren, CONSECRATE yourselves unto the Father, and allow Christ to be king of you heart and mind, and claim the promise in 1 John chapter 3 verse 9 which reads,
“Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.