Today’s Reading: Lev. 8-10, Matt. 25:31-46
Today’s Reflection: Lev. 8:33 And ye shall not go out of the door of the tabernacle of the congregation in seven days, until the days of your consecration be at an end: for seven days shall he consecrate you.
Has your consecration been completed? I know we don’t do things today like they were done during the Old Testament era; however, within this text is found a principle which is applicable to us all as believers. The truth is, when we are bought by the blood of Christ, we are His property, and therefore He sets us apart for His purposes; however, we must be willing to participate in this process, that we “die not” (see v. 35). This means that we only begin to live when we discover God’s purpose for our existence and begin to walk therein. But before we say more, let us answer the question, what is consecration? To consecrate, according to Webster, means “to make or declare to be sacred, by certain ceremonies or rites; to appropriate to sacred uses; to set apart, dedicate, or devote, to the service and worship of God; as, to consecrate a church.” A similar word used more commonly in the New Testament is the word “sanctify”, but basically, you get the idea that you as a child of God are supposed to be different. You are supposed to be set aside for the specific purpose of bringing glory to God with your presence on this Earth. That said, I ask the question again, has your consecration been completed? Meaning, are you truly and wholly set aside for God, or like many Christians today, only partially consecrated? I know we all have a long way to go, but that does not negate our responsibility as His children to make sure that we are entirely sold out to Him, imperfections and all! Could there be areas in your life that are supposed to be His that you have yet to yield to His rightful place of ownership and control? I wish to challenge you as I have personally been challenged myself this morning by The Holy Spirit, that you search out your soul and ask God to help you thoroughly and completely sanctify and set apart EVERY area that has not been brought to that place of total surrender as of yet. It could be tithing, giving, loving, forgiving, repenting, praying, witnessing, or a number of things, but whatever it is, please understand that you will never experience the life God wants to bless you with outside of that place of total surrender to His will and purpose for your life! Let us be consecrated wholly to Him!