Consecration is a deep Christian term which I can only attempt to explain. The online Wikipedia defines it as a solemn dedication to a special purpose or service. The keywords that I would like to focus on are ‘purpose’ and ‘service’. Once you take Christianity, you must consecrate yourself for the service and purpose of God of the Christians. Christians are called with a high calling that should not be taken lightly (Philippians 3:14).
How do we learn about the purpose and works of service? The Holy Bible is complete and ready to deliver the instructions. Man shall not live on bread alone but also by ALL the words that come from God’s mouth (Matthew 4:4), which is where the guide for consecration comes from. Reading the Holy Bible is not enough, but further meditating on what it says is a must.
Individual and group examples on consecration in the Holy Bible
In Exodus 30:30, God instructs Moses to anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister as priests for Him. Later on, we learn that only the consecrated can burn incense to the Lord, which in this instance are the sons of Aaron (2 Chronicles 26:18).
Group consecration is also required by God is some instances. In Joshua 3:5, we learn that God demanded for the Israelites to consecrate themselves before He could do great things for them. In 2 Chronicles 29:31 – 33, Hezekiah confirms that the consecrated can come near and bring sacrifices and thank offerings to the house of the LORD.
It appears that in those days consecration was something that had to be driven or done by the priest on someone. However, in our time it a personal responsibility and the driver is the Holy Spirit.
Consecration in our time
Just as I indicated that this is a deep Christian concept which I can only attempt to explain, I have learnt through scripture and sermons from other man of God that the following verses cover part of the concept.
- Giving away everything else because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ, for whose sake Paul (just as every believing Christian should) has lost all things (Philippians 3:8). For example, an offer that will give you millions of dollars in profits yet it has a small component of dishonesty should be aborted in totality.
- Being set apart for Christ (1 Peter 1:16, Romans 12:1, 2 Corinthians 7:1). Anything that does not edify or gives Glory to God should be avoided because it defiles the soul. Souls of Christians were bought at a very high price (1 Corinthians 6:20).
- Praying always to keep the line of communication with God live (1 Thessalonians 5:16 – 18). All kinds of prayer should be common practice. There is prayer of faith, intercession, supplication, praise, fasting, agreement, vigil of prayer, silent prayers, violent, and many other examples given in the Bible. Ask, seek and knock. Do it for all people including those you would consider to be your enemies.
- Do all things in the name of the Lord (Colossians 3:17). That which God detests cannot be done in His name. For example, you cannot lie, fornicate, steal, lust in the name of the Lord.
What it means in practice
No one should force you to do God’s work but to you every minute is a chance to fulfill God’s purpose about your life. If you are serving brethren in church, you come on time and do your utmost best to perform with diligence that which you do for God. Just like when Paul was talking about widows in 1 Timothy 5:10, a consecrated Christian should be known for good works.
You are alert in what you do for God. Just like a man who stands up in a meeting to avoid falling asleep, a Christian that has consecrated himself or herself should stay awake and alert. There aught not be any time where such a Christian is caught off guard to do God’s work. The Christian should be ready to preach, sing, council, evangelise, give to the needy, and all other works of service on demand.
Every activity should be scanned through the Holy Bible. The Holy Bible should be enough to give accurate direction. This calls for constant meditation on the word of God. For example, if you have to study for a certain career, marry someone, take your family out, do business, acquire some assets, all should be done under the guidance of the Holy Bible.
Even though it might seem impossible to achieve, God’s desire is for all believers to be consecrated. According to scriptures of the Old Testament, consecration opens up doors for God to work freely among His people. If you shun consecration, you are doing a huge disservice to the Kingdom of God.