Joshua 3:5 “And Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.”
Last month God invited us to be vessels of honour for His glory, and so as I want to believe that we all have made the decision to be vessels of honour, God is calling us to consecrate ourselves unto Him i.e. to set apart for Him.
September is the ninth month of the year, the Bible scholar told us that number 9 symbolizes divine completeness or conveys the meaning of finality, also, number 9 is used to define the perfect movement of God, no wonder the Lord our God declares to us to consecrate ourselves, in other words, to sanctify ourselves so as to do His wonders through us. Consecration simply means that we have to separate ourselves from sin and draw near to God.
On the threshold of the Promised Land, God said to His people, ‘Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.’ When you consecrate yourself to God He will do things in you, with you, for you, and through you, that will amaze you. We want to do amazing things for God, and that seems noble. But we’ve got it backward. God wants to do amazing things for us. That’s His job, not ours. Our job is consecration.
Consecration is more than going to church, keeping the Ten Commandments, tithing, sharing your faith, repeating the sinner’s prayer, volunteering for a ministry, raising your hands in worship, and going on a mission trip. All those are good things, but that isn’t consecration. The utensils used in temple worship were considered ‘consecrated’. In other words, they were set apart for the exclusive use of God. They were devoted to His service.
Consecration means dethroning yourself and enthroning Jesus as Lord of your life. It’s the complete divestiture of all self-interest. It’s giving God veto power. It’s surrendering all of you to all of Him. It’s a simple recognition that every second of your time, every ounce of your energy, and every penny of your money is a gift from God and for God. Consecration is an ever-deepening love for Jesus, a childlike trust in your heavenly Father, and blind obedience to the Holy Spirit.
However, consecration does not mean that we have to cut off ourselves completely from the world but at the same time, I have to emphasize that it is helpful to cut off ourselves from our old friends who can lead us into sin for some time until we are really strong in our spiritual lives. Otherwise, there are chances for us to fall into temptations again.
Let’s take a firm decision to live consecrated lives for the glory of God, the Lord wants to do amazing things, but are we prepared to receive them? And so the advice to us this month is consecrate yourself so that you can see amazing things from God.
Beloved, if you are still not saved, I encourage you to repent and give your life to Jesus today because that is the beginning of consecration.