Navigating your Season: All About Consecration (EP 08)

Podcast Episode 8 (Condensed)

If you’ve been following this series on “Navigating your Journey”, then you know it is all about singleness. We’ve discussed singleness and celibacy in depth. Now, it’s time to dive into consecration. Merriam Webster dictionary defines consecration as, “To make or declare sacred; to set apart to the service of God”. God calls us to consecrate ourselves. Leviticus 20:7 ESV says, “Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God.” In the Old and New Testament, there are several examples of God consecrating His people and things. 

All throughout the book of Exodus there are scriptures concerning consecration. I encourage you to read within that book. When we consecrate ourselves, we repent first, and dedicate our lives to God. Consecration calls for a holy life of worship. Hebrews 12:14 NLT says, “Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.” When we live in peace and work at living righteous, we are consecrating ourselves unto God. In other words, we are set apart. Our lives should be fully devoted to God.

If you find yourself struggling to consecrate to God, read Psalm 51:10. It says, “Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit in me.” This scripture is very humbling because it is a way for us to call out to God to cleanse us. You cannot be consecrated to God as an unclean vessel. God knows our heart and we must have a loyal spirit in order to remain consecrated. We cannot allow sin to creep in and pull away from God. This only leads to destruction.

As we consecrate ourselves, we refrain from absorbing in the world’s likeness. Instead, we stay rooted in the word of God to remain in right standing with Him. Romans 12:2 NLT says, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Don’t view consecration as a punishment or a way to suck the fun out of life. There is beauty in consecration. God’s will for us is beyond what we could imagine. When we’re consecrated, we can think clearly. Our mind is renewed. Our heart is postured to surrender and obey what God designed for our lives. 

When we’re not consecrated to God, we live a life of destruction that is dark and dangerous. God calls us out of darkness and into the light. 1 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, [a] a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” This scripture should make us praise God. Despite everything that God knows about us (good and bad), He sees us as valuable treasures. Remember, consecration means “set apart” and in the previous scripture, He says we are “chosen”. Chosen = set apart; consecrated. 

When I think of great examples of consecration from the bible, I am reminded of Paul, Moses, Joshua, and Jesus.

Paul was consecrated unto God. Although imperfect, he was committed to God. He knew that God set Him apart. Every person who is a believer of Christ is called to consecration. Single people have an advantage over married couples as Paul explains in 1 Corinthians 7:32-34. It states, “I want you to be free from the concerns of this life. An unmarried man can spend his time doing the Lord’s work and thinking how to please him. 33 But a married man has to think about his earthly responsibilities and how to please his wife. 34 His interests are divided. In the same way, a woman who is no longer married or has never been married can be devoted to the Lord and holy in body and in spirit. But a married woman has to think about her earthly responsibilities and how to please her husband.” 

Don’t get me wrong, marriage is a beautiful thing in the eyes of the Lord. So, this isn’t to knock marriages, but all the singles should rejoice at the previous scripture. Whether we’ll be single for the next few months or years, we have the time to devote fully to God prior to marriage. We can grow close to God during our time of singleness. During my season of singleness, I’ve prayed and fasted more times than I’ve done during long, serious relationships. The unhealthy relationships I was in disrupted my intimacy with God. I wasn’t able to remain consecrated because I had to tend to my relationship problems. But I thank God for how He pulled me out and created in me a pure heart; I am able to consecrate myself to God with no distractions or hinderances. Of course, if you’re in a Godly relationship or marriage, you can still consecrate yourself. But Paul makes it clear how the time/responsibilities are divided. 

So, if you’re single right now, don’t neglect the opportunity to devote yourself to God. God used Paul to share that advice for singles to inspire us to consecrate ourselves. 

Even Moses was told to consecrate the tabernacle and all the things in it (Exodus 40:9-11 & Exodus 29:36-37). Being that God instructs us to walk in holiness, consecration is necessary. Exodus 40:9-11 mentions about “washing clothes” in the Old Testament as being consecrated. The New Testament discusses it in a similar way too. “Washing robes or clothes” was seen as a way of consecration. In Revelations 22:14 NLT it states, “Blessed are those who wash their robes. They will be permitted to enter through the gates of the city and eat the fruit from the tree of life.” Washing robes = cleansing, purifying, and holiness.

When it comes to Joshua, he led the people into the Promised Land. Prior to doing so, God told them to consecrate themselves first. In other words, devote themselves fully to God. These instructions were vital because we know that the Promised Land was a special place for God’s chosen people. Therefore, God desired for them to enter in holiness. 

Last but not least, Jesus was the epitome of consecration. We should strive to consecrate ourselves like Jesus did. The life of Jesus was pure, holy, and righteous. He was fully devoted to God. Jesus was determined to do the Will of God. See, we can only have that sort of determination when we are consecrated. In John 4:34 Jesus explains His life’s purpose, “For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will. 39 And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day. 40 For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day.” Thank you God for sending your Son Jesus down to serve as a beacon of life, hope, and a true example of consecration. Jesus makes it clear that His life’s goal is to do God’s Will. We are called to do the will of God as well. 

So, my question is, are you consecrated to God? Are you obeying the will of God? Have you devoted your life to God? If you answered yes, say this prayer below:

Dear Lord,

Thank you for your love, mercy, and grace over my life. I repent of all my sins. Forgive me for anything I did, said, or thought that was contrary to your Word. Cleanse me of my sins. Wash away my iniquities. Posture my heart to surrender it all to you. Set my mind on you. Help me to devote my life to you. I want to be dedicated unto you. Consecrate me, Lord, so I may know you better. Consecrate me, Lord, so I may understand your Word better. Use me for the building of your Kingdom. I am chosen. I am set apart. I am a child of God. Thank you for saving me. Thank you for consecrating me. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

Thank you so much for reading my blog. For a more in-depth discussion where I share my personal journey of consecration, click here to listen to my latest podcast episode. Until next time with Wytinsea Writes!

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