Consecration and Holiness

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What is “consecration"?  It probably means different things to different people, but to the Christian, it is the act of separating oneself to the Lord’s service.  It is to set ourselves apart from the world in order to do God’s will.  In other words, to be holy!

In Romans 12:1, the Apostle Paul tells, in part, to present our bodies as living sacrifices to the service of God.  There is much that goes into being “a living sacrifice.”  There is much of this world that we must give up.  It requires that we avoid the lustful temptations of this world as it pertains to money, fame, and sex.  It is truly the act of self-denial.

In 1 Corinthians 3:17, we are admonished to avoid defiling the temple of God.  And in 1 Corinthians 6:19, we are told that our bodies are the temple of God because the Holy Spirit dwells within each Christian.  Further in Ephesians 2:19-22, we are told that we, as Christians, are part of the body of Christ as the Church.  If we are truly consecrated to God’s service, then we must keep our bodies holy and acceptable to God.

Consecration and holiness should be demonstrated in:

  • conversation
  • dress
  • entertainment
  • hobbies
  • business
  • relationships
  • daily activities

You may wonder how can we, as lowly human beings, ever rise to the point of denying our selfish desires, submitting ourselves to His will and serving Him in spirit and truth?  I think the first step has to be repentance – acknowledging our sinfulness and turning away from those sins.  That is not an easy thing to do.  It is a life-long commitment and life-long struggle. 

Following repentance – true repentance – will come a transformation.  In Colossians 3:12-14, we see some of the qualities that are a result of consecration: “tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another.”  How does holiness manifest itself in the consecrated Christian?  Through thoughtfulness, love, moral purity, generosity, trustworthiness, compassion, honesty, truthfulness, mercy, and reverence.  And let us not forget Galatians 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”  I have often heard that you can tell a Christian by how one lives his/her life.  I like to refer to this as “shining Jesus.”  In other words, let Jesus shine in our lives.

In Ephesians 1:4, we are told that our Heavenly Father chose us for holiness.  Isn’t it a wonderful feeling to know that God has chosen us to be consecrated, holy, and instruments of His will.  And if that is not enough, we see in Titus 2:14 that God came to this earth, in the flesh, to die for our sins that we may be holy. We also see in 2 Thessalonians 2:13 that sanctification is through the Spirit and belief of the truth. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is divine empowerment to live a life of consecration and holiness unto the Lord.

If we submit ourselves to God, then we will be like the clay on the potter’s wheel, molded after His will.  We will truly be “a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service."

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