Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
1 Peter 1:16 KJV
Consecration! What a big word in the days that we live in. The things that used to matter such as family values, no longer do to the society at large. It seems that things are changing faster than we can even keep up with, tell-tale signs of the times we live in.
What are the things you value? That’s actually a question we all need to answer. I value my relationship with God more than anything else, but it doesn’t always seem that way because I’m human and I need reminding every now and then.
We know what we desire or expect from God, in fact we all draw up those lists from time to time. But what does God want from us? To consecrate means to ‘set apart’.
In the old testament, the picture of consecration is vividly painted. Every levitical priest, must go through certain purification rites before they can serve, and again before they can go into the presence of God. What should this look like in our context? Firstly, these old testament rules and rites (see Exodus and Leviticus) were a picture of what Jesus Christ would do for all mankind as it is written in the new testament. He died, and was buried and rose again on the third day for our sins. His blood was shed as a payment for our ransom. We have been bought with the precious blood of Jesus Christ (1Peter 1:18-19), so now as a believer, I can say that I am a new creature, old things have passed away and all things have become new ( 2 Corinthians 5:17). The veil that separated me from God was torn the day Christ died on the cross. Hallelujah!
He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.
Hebrews 9:12-15 NIV
What should a consecrated life look like? A life that honours God in everything! From the inward man, i.e a transformation that only God can bring which reflects in outward actions. Remember, God looks at the heart. As 2020 draws to a close, I think this is something I should ponder on a bit more. How can I be living this out with my daily life, in my thoughts, words, conduct and expressions of love?
How can you be living this out too?
Its pretty simple; read your Bible and pray every day. The more we behold or focus or attention on something, the more we get used to it and become like it.
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 3:18 KJV
Jesus is coming for a spotless bride, and His standards are still the same. His command to us is still; be holy for I am holy. May the grace of God be sufficient for us all as we continue to live in this dark world, and may we be bold light bearers in every space that we are sent to. May God’s Kingdom come and may His will be done in and through us all. Amen.
Merry Christmas and a happy new year in advance from Olamide and your friends at gabriellalove.com!