We discussed in previous posts the meaning of consecration and the reasons we should present ourselves to the Lord. We also discussed God’s purchase of us being the solid base of our consecration and God’s love being the motivating power for us to give ourselves to Him. Here we’ll discuss the practice of consecration. Just how do we consecrate ourselves to the Lord? Is it once in a lifetime? Or is once in a great while enough? What does it look like?
Our initial consecration—once and for all
Christ purchased us with His own blood, and now we belong to Him. But He does not force us to give ourselves to Him. He waits for us to do this.
Each of us has to personally make the decision to give ourselves to the Lord Jesus. No one else can do this for us. This initial consecration is once and for all, involving all that we are and all that we have. Consequently, it isn’t something that can be done lightly.
For this initial and once for all consecration, it’s best if we spend time alone with the Lord to enter into intimate prayer and fellowship with Him. That way we can have a thorough transaction with Him. We can thoroughly give Him ourselves, our very person, and we can give Him all our desires, plans, relationships, possessions, and activities, one by one. Christ purchased us with the highest price; He owns us absolutely. In our consecration to Him, then, we want to be thorough and specific, presenting ourselves and all that relates to us to Him.
The more detailed we are, the more thorough our consecration is, and the more we’ll sense the joy of being the Lord’s and being well-pleasing to Him.
Praying with the Word to consecrate ourselves
To help us, we can pray to the Lord with His Word, particularly 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, for instance:
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price. So then glorify God in your body.”
Using this verse, we can pray something like this:
“Lord, I am not my own. Lord Jesus, I belong to You because You bought me with such a price. Oh Lord, thank You for paying the highest price of Your own precious blood to purchase me! I am Yours. All I have and all I am are Yours. So Lord, I give you my body, my soul, and my spirit. I give you my very life. Lord, I give you my time, my energy, my education, my family, my job.”
We can also use 2 Corinthians 5:14:
“The love of Christ constrains us because we have judged this, that One died for all, therefore all died.”
With this verse, we can pray in this way,
“Lord Jesus, thank You for loving me. Thank You for Your deep love for me that caused You to die for me on the cross. Oh Lord, Your love for me constrains me to give my all to You. I give my heart to You. I give my mind, my emotion, and my will to You. Take all of my days. Take my whole future. Here I am. I place everything in Your hands. I love You, Lord Jesus!”
The Lord is faithful, and He will never forget what we have consecrated to Him. We may forget, but He never forgets. In fact, we may even like to make a list of what we have given to the Lord and keep it in a safe place. Then, one day in the future when we look over it again, we will be so encouraged and full of praise to the Lord for His faithfulness in every matter we put into His hands.
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Our ongoing life of consecration
On one hand, we all need to consecrate ourselves once and for all to God. But after our initial consecration, we should live a life of consecration all our days. We can do this by actively practicing to daily give ourselves to the Lord. Each morning when we wake up, we can simply tell the Lord, “Lord, thank You for this new day. I offer myself to You today.” In this way, we maintain a fresh, daily consecration. We can also give ourselves to the Lord afresh at particular points in our lives. For instance, if we’re students, we can give ourselves to the Lord at the beginning of each new school term. Or, if we get a new job or a promotion, we can pray, “Lord, I give this new job to You. It’s not mine but Yours. I belong to You.” At any particular event in our lives, big or small, we can present ourselves to Him. We can also use opportunities like the beginning of a new year to spend time to offer up ourselves to Him again. By practicing to consecrate ourselves daily and at particular times, we keep our consecration fresh to the Lord.
Presenting ourselves to God makes us pleasing to God and is our service to God
When we present ourselves to the Lord in consecration, He has the freedom to do in and through us whatever He wants. Consecration is actually our service to the Lord. The apostle 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.”
And it is God’s great love toward us that motivates us to render to God this service. Note 3 on this verse encourages us:
“In Greek the compassions referred to here are plural. God has had many kinds of compassion on us, as shown in His selecting us, calling us, saving us, and bringing us into His life that we may enjoy His riches and become His expression. Through these many compassions as the means and the motivating power, the apostle exhorted us to present our bodies to God for the fulfillment of His purpose.”
May the Lord grant us the grace to continually present ourselves to the Lord as our most reasonable service for the fulfillment of His eternal purpose. Praise the Lord!
If you want to learn more about consecration and how to consecrate yourself to God, take a look at these additional posts: What Is Consecration and Why Do I Need to Consecrate Myself to God?, Consecration: God’s Purchase and God’s Love, and Loving Jesus with Our Best.
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