What Is Consecration and Why Do I Need to Consecrate Myself to God?

 

The birth of a child is an exciting and happy event, and we all recognize it’s the beginning of a new life. We’d never say it’s an end or conclusion.

It’s the same with us believers. Our being saved and born again with the life of God is truly wondrous and joyful. But it’s not a conclusion. Our regeneration is only the beginning of our spiritual journey. And just as babies need to grow and develop, we Christians need to move forward step by step.

After we’re regenerated, the next step in our spiritual, life-long journey is to present, or give, ourselves to the Lord. This is to consecrate ourselves to Him.

What does “consecration” mean?

The word consecration isn’t a commonly used word, but even so, we might have an existing concept about what it means. In religion, the word consecration has been used in relation to the official ordaining of a person to be a preacher, a priest, or a missionary. This use implies consecration is for a special category of people.

But the consecration revealed in the New Testament is for every believer in Christ. It’s not something only for knowledgeable Christians or spiritually mature ones. In fact, as we’ll see, we cannot subjectively know the life of Christ in us or reach spiritual maturity without consecrating ourselves to the Lord. This is because consecration is the basis for every spiritual experience.

So what is consecration? Consecration is our giving ourselves to the Lord to become “a living sacrifice,” as Paul says in Romans 12:1:

“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.”

In the Old Testament, a sacrifice was something set apart for God by being put on the altar. When people offered that thing to God, it no longer belonged to the one offering it. It belonged to God, for His use and His satisfaction.

Today, when we consecrate ourselves to the Lord, we become a living sacrifice. We give up our own claims on ourselves and put ourselves completely in His hands. Previously, our life was for our use and our satisfaction; now it is for His.

When we present ourselves to the Lord as a living sacrifice, we’re simply saying, “Lord Jesus, I am for You. I’m no longer for myself, the world, or anything else. I am for Your use and Your satisfaction.”

Now we need to ask, How important is it for us to present ourselves to the Lord? Does it matter whether we do or don’t?

Four reasons why we should consecrate ourselves to the Lord

1. So we can walk in the Lord’s way

Before we were saved, we walked in our own way, made our own decisions, and chose our own direction. But after we’re saved, God wants us to walk in His way, follow Him, and be led by Him. But if we don’t give ourselves to Him, how can we know what His way is? How can He lead us? Consecrating ourselves to Him keeps us in His way and saves us from taking our own way. We can pray, “Lord, I don’t want to make my own decisions or take my own way. I want to be kept in Your way. So Lord Jesus, I give myself to You.”

2. So we can grow in life

With any physical life, after birth comes growth. In the same way, when Christ comes into us His intention is for His divine life in us to grow. But any kind of life, even the divine life of Christ in us, needs the proper environment and opportunity to grow.

Our surrendering ourselves to Him provides the best opportunity for His life to grow in us. As we surrender every part of our being and every aspect of our lives to Him, we give His life the best opportunity to grow in us.

Whether or not we give ourselves to the Lord makes a big difference in our experience of Christ. When we keep ourselves in our own hands without consecrating ourselves to the Lord, we may not feel certain things are wrong, and we’re unable to tell whether or not something is of God. Our lack of consecrating ourselves to the Lord hinders the life within. The life in us simply doesn’t function that well because it doesn’t have the opportunity to grow or develop.

But when we surrender ourselves to the Lord, we provide the best opportunity for His life to grow and develop in us. Spontaneously, we can sense what is pleasing to Him and what is not, what is of God and what is not. This sensation comes from the functioning of God’s divine life in us. Our consecration is what activates this life function that gives us the sense of God’s life in us. As we go along with and obey God by this sense, we grow in the divine life in a real and practical way.

3. So God can work in us

Before we can go and work for God, God needs to work in us. Even though we’re saved, we all have to admit that He still has much work to do in us to conform our thoughts, feelings, decisions, and inner disposition—our whole being—to the image of His Son.

God is surely omnipotent, but in His relationship with us, He is not a dictator. He respects our human will and doesn’t force His work on us. He wants and needs our consent in order to work freely in us. Our consecration is our consent.

Since God will only work in us if we allow Him do so, this explains how a person can be genuinely saved for years and yet have little to no growth in the divine life, and little real change in their being. God will wait until we give Him the permission to work Himself into us for His purpose.

So instead of letting our time slip away or resisting His work in us, we can pray to Him, “Lord, I give You permission to work in me. I offer myself willingly to You. Lord, I open the door of my heart to You. Come into each room of my heart and conform me to Your dear Person in every way.”

4. To enjoy the riches of God’s salvation

God’s salvation is full of riches. It includes being saved from eternal perdition, certainly, but God’s salvation encompasses so much more. When we were saved, God blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ. The divine life, Christ’s perfect humanity and living, His effective death, His powerful resurrection, His victory over Satan, His ascension over all things—all are ours. But without consecrating ourselves to Him, we have no way to enter into the enjoyment of all of these blessings. We have them in fact, but for us to enjoy them in our daily lives, we must consecrate ourselves to God.

In this respect, consecration is like a gate or a door. To enter into a building, we must go through a door. If we don’t, no matter what wonderful thing awaits us on the other side, we can’t enjoy or participate in it. It’s there, but we’re on the outside. Consecration is the door for us to enter through to enjoy all the riches of God’s salvation. When we give ourselves to the Lord, He will lead us in our experience into the enjoyment of the rich blessings of God’s full salvation.

We can pray, “Lord, I don’t just want to know about the riches of Your salvation; I want to enjoy them. So Lord, here I am. I give myself to You fully. I belong to You. Lead me by Your Spirit into the experience and enjoyment of all You have for me in Your salvation.”

Take the next step

If we’re saved, we’ve taken the initial step of our spiritual journey. Thank the Lord for that! But we’ve only just begun. The next step for us is to consecrate ourselves to the Lord. When we do, we’ll be kept in God’s way, grow in His life, allow God to work in us, and enjoy the riches of His full salvation.

Whether we’re newly saved or we’ve been saved for a while, every one of us can give ourselves to the Lord. Even if we never heard of consecration, we can still present ourselves to the Lord right now. He is happy and willing to receive our consecration at any time!

In a subsequent post, we’ll cover further points on this important matter of consecration; we hope you’ll read and enjoy that one also.

If you want to learn more about consecration and how to consecrate yourself to God, take a look at these additional posts: How Do I Consecrate Myself to the Lord?, Consecration: God’s Purchase and God’s Love, and Loving Jesus with Our Best.


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41 thoughts on “What Is Consecration and Why Do I Need to Consecrate Myself to God?

  1. This is very helpful to understand how one can be a Christian for years, but not have very much growth, and how to go on to grow. He has much work to do in me to conform me to the image of His Son, but He has to have my permission. Consecration is the door to our inner being. When we open the door to Him, He can come into our “thoughts, feelings, decision, etc.” And we can enter into all the riches of His salvation.

    “Lord, I don’t just want to know about the riches of Your salvation; I want to enjoy them. So Lord, here I am. I give myself to You fully. I belong to You. Lead me by Your Spirit into the experience and enjoyment of all You have for me in Your salvation.” Amen.

    1. Lord I truly want to consecrate myself to you. I believe I just did. I pray I will be found worthy when u return. May God bless us all.

  2. Thank you for this post. I truely want to consecrate myself to the Lord God Almighty. With your help I think I just did. May God Bless us all…….AMEN…….

  3. Thank you for throwing a lifeline to a Christian that needs to know the n’s & outs on becoming successful & resourceful as a Believer. Physical challenges have tested my faith. 5 steps up 3 steps back.
    Thank you for showing me I have the One & the means to change those odds.

    Bless you. & your team.

    Sandy

  4. I WANT TO SEND PRAYERS TO EVERYONE, I WOULD ALSO LIKE PRAYERS FOR MYSELF SINCE I’M ABOUT TO GET TEST DONE ON MY LIVER.THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

  5. I just became aware of your website, I’very found a true jewel in that your reading is helping me to grow, understand better, research deeper the word of God. Thank you

    1. Hi Jenny,

      We are so happy to hear that you are enjoying our blog and that it is helping you to better understand the Word of God. Thank you for your kind and encouraging words!

      1. I want t to thank God and thank you for this understanding. I want to consecrate myself to God. And I believe I just did. Looking up the meaning of the word brought me to this. Being lead by the spirit of GOD
        Thank you holy spirit.
        Be
        CONTINUE BEING A BLESSING🙏

  6. Wow this has really opened up my sciences, lol oops I mean senses to cope with my father GOD YAHWEH and Savior LORD JESUS CHRIST.
    THANK you so much for helping me to understand my walk with my trinity and what my YES/SURRENDER MEANS.

  7. I find this sight very helpful in my studies. you and your staff are example of the meaning of Holy Priest, being consecration. i’m still learning. God is so good. I love learning about him. The more I study the more I feel his presence, and able to use my spiritual eyes and ears to live according to his will not my own.

  8. This has been a great help in order for me to fully understand what consecration was, and what it meant for my life. I know I’m saved but I still felt a longing. Pray my strength in the Lord, and may He continues to bless each and everyone of you!

    Sincerely, Vanessa

  9. This post is so eye opening. At some point in reading I couldn’t resist to pray. I so need Him to take full control of life. As I prayed the Lord, the Holy Spirit started rising up in me.

  10. Your website is very inspiring and enriching it has enlightened me to see further into God’s truths.thank u

  11. God has been calling me into consecration but I did not fully understand what it fully meant. This article has broke it down to the most simple way possible and now I fully understand and I am grateful that I have heard the call. Thank you!

    1. Dear Adrienne,

      We’re very happy to hear that this article was helpful to you! Thank you for your encouraging comment!

  12. This information on consecration was well put together and it was informal and I truly believe to get the fullness of God’s blessing and riches we must frequently consecrate ourself God bless

  13. Wow, what a revelation! The concept has been quite confusing but am delighted to finally come across your site and learn so much.
    May God continue blessing you all.

  14. Thank you ,God have been speaking to me about consecrate myself, and I only wants to please and be obedience to God, reading this have help , may God continue to speak to his children and we pray for spiritual ears to hear the voice of God in Jesus Name

  15. I truly enjoyed this! For the month of January, we’ve been petitioned to “Consecrate” our time to God. Later in the month, we’ll be going on a joint fast. I believe it is very imperative to our walk, to spend quality time with God, alone. We can’t grow if we don’t study or pray. The bible says “Men ought to always pray….” I can’t know God for myself if I don’t spend quality time. Just like a new relationship, in order to learn the things that please that person; to learn their ways, etc, you have to spend “quality” time. Same for our relationship with Jesus, if we’re serious about Him. Thank you for this teaching! I truly enjoyed it! God Bless You….

  16. I have been reading a christian book written by J.P Timmons and there was a page on pleading the Blood of Jesus, followed by praying a prayer of consecration. Since I jumped to that page and hadn’t read the book cover to cover, I decided to search for the meaning of the word consecration in my Bible, but I got just 2 references in the old testament that didn’t help to define the meaning of make me understand what it meant. So, i prayed to God to help me find the true meaning and I was led to this site. Thank God for whoever wrote this article, Thank you for taking the time to define, explain why we need to consecrate ourselves, showing bible quotes (which is very Key for me in accepting any doctrine) and explicitly writing out the prayers of consecration to be prayed.
    GOD BLESS YOU.

  17. Wow this is so up lifting I have been through so much trials tribulations pain suffering and just pulled back from the LORD but now I see things more clearly thank you Lord fir answering my prayer

  18. This post provides a helpful definition of consecration for anyone who wants to know what consecrate means according to the Bible.

  19. Thank you for sharing the meaning of consecration. Among your four reasons I most like the part, “In His relationship with us, God is not a dictator. He respects our human will and doesn’t force His work on us. He wants and needs our consent in order to work freely in us. Our consecration is our consent.” Since God will not force Himself on us, consecration is, God You have my permission to work in me and lead me.

  20. I appreciate how our Lord will not overstep our will. He is waiting for us to consecrate ourselves to Him. In this way our consecration affords Christ the way to work in us and grow in us. So we need to cooperate with the Lord by consecrating ourselves to Him every day. Along with telling the Lord Jesus that I love Him, I like to daily consecrate myself to Him starting first thing each morning.

  21. I’ve been searching the web for a good consecration meaning. I’m so happy to find this article! You put it so simply: Consecration is our giving ourselves to the Lord to become a living sacrifice. It’s right there in the Bible in Romans 12:1! I appreciated this prayer: “Lord Jesus, I am for You. I’m no longer for myself, the world, or anything else. I am for Your use and Your satisfaction.” Thank you for providing such a clear consecration meaning!

  22. I am glad I chose your link when trying to understand consecration. Sometimes in churches we throw around terms that seem so deep and profound that I often feel like I’m lacking after 24 years of walking with Jesus. I am glad you explained it with such simplicity. Now I know when I’m dry or feel my growth is stunted, all I have to do is make it a daily habit of being consecrated. Set apart to God and desiring his will over my life thoroughly. Thanks so much.

  23. I am truly blessed by this insightful truth. I never really knew how to go about it. I felt consecration belonged to special people of God.

  24. I absolutely love it! It’s powerful and simple; great for long time believers and new converts. Truly a wonderful resource and tool for the salvation, transformation, and restoration of souls. May God continue to richly bless you in all His ways!

  25. I praise the Lord for this word … I have always tried to reason about the consecration. It is a subject that terrifies me because I feel that I do not have the capacity to commit myself to the Lord but that is what it is: The Lord Himself working in me.
    Thank the Lord for every saint who has labored for His word to reach His beloved children.

  26. THIS OPENED MY EYES AGAIN TO THINGS I DIDNT KNOW. THANK YOU FOR TELLING ME ABOUT CONSECRATE MY SELF TO THE LORD. BLESS YOU FOR THE INFORMATION..I WANT TO KNOW ALL I CAN ABOUT GOD ,JESUS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

  27. I feel touched by this because I was looking for the true definition of consecrated life. At time I didn’t understand well. Thankyou for posting this inspiring and well defined meaning and with the reference from the Holy Scripture.

  28. Thanks you Lord Jesus Christ, from now up ward I accept you as my personal Lord and saviour, because true you I am now no the true meaning of consecrated, because everything about you is special, true the time you came into the world. Glory be to Jesus and the most holy trinity.

  29. this article on consecration has helped me on the reflection of my soul. I am consecrated to God forever through eternity. Thank you and God Bless our world and all the people

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