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Dear Church family and visitors: God wants all people to be saved, yes, but He also wants us to be consecrated and committed. He wants us to offer every part of our lives to Him, and let them be thrones on which Christ rules. To be consecrated means to be set apart for the service of God. A consecrated life is one that seeks to bring honor to the name of Jesus Christ, regardless of the cost. Romans 12:1-2 give us an excellent understanding of consecration and commitment as it applies to the life of a believer. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. {2} And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (NKJV)
There are three things we can learn from this text about consecration and commitment. FIRST of all, consecration and commitment means sacrificial living. The call here is to surrender every part of our lives to God. We’ve go to give something up (sacrifice), the question is, what will it be? Will we make sacrifices that are holy and acceptable to God, or will we let go of the things of God? When we give ourselves as a living sacrifice to Christ, it’s an offering of a life that was once dead and has been given new life! The problem with living sacrifices, though, is that they keep wanting to get up and crawl off the altar. To offer ourselves as living sacrifice we must daily make a choice to live for God (and not to live for ourselves or for the things of this world).
SECONDLY, consecration and commitment means separated living. This passage calls us to not conform any longer to the pattern of this world. We must allow the world to shape us and change us into the way it wants us to be; instead, we must be changed into the likeness of Jesus. We must not give place to the old sinful nature in our lives; we must not keep returning to our old way of living. We are meant to live differently from the world around us. It’s tragic when Christians are involved in the same behaviors that mark the world, such as: selfishness, pride, sexual immorality, gossip, greed, prejudice, impurity, backbiting, malice, slander, lying, fighting, anger, lust, filthy language, resentment, bitterness, and course joking. The Apostle Paul said that these kinds of sins are “improper for God’s holy people.” (See Ephesians 5:3) We should be consistently Christian in all of the areas of our lives (i.e. church, school, work, family, social media, etc.).
THIRDLY, consecration and commitment means sanctified thinking. God wants to transform us from the inside out, and this change must begin with the mind. Our minds need to be renewed. The Holy Spirit must take over so that we experience a new way of thinking. Even Christians can slip into wrong ways of thinking and that’s why we must allow the Holy Spirit to renew our minds to think right again. We need to fill our minds and our thinking with the things that God says about us. For example, He says that we are redeemed, washed, forgiven, and chosen! He says that we are loved, precious, and the apple of His eye! Let your mind be filled with the things that God says about you, and you will experience a renewing of your mind! Blessings, Pastor Keith Short