It has been said that Consecration embraces three things, being, doing, and suffering.
We must be willing to be, to do, and to suffer all that God requires, (Lu 9:23) tell us “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me
Consecration covers body, soul, and spirit.
These are to be used when, where, and as God requires, and only as He requires, (Ro.12:1) tells us “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service and be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Consecration must be made deliberately for all times, without any reserve, and must be dependence upon divine strength ( Zec 4:6) “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.”
We are Called to make Decisions in our life, “Choose ye this day whom ye will serve” (v.15). Ye cannot serve two masters.
To halt between the opinions of self and God is to tarry upon the plain of destruction, like Lot’s wife (Lk.16:13) “But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.”
Let us learn hence from this story, that to love the world as our chief good, to seek it as our highest interest, and to serve it as our primary commander, cannot stand with the love and service which we bear and owe to God our Maker.
Lot’s wife was a little too far from Zoar, and a little too near Sodom.
So those to whom the Gospel is preached have often been warned, by affliction, providence, death, and every gospel sermons. And if these warnings are unheeded, God may say, at last,“ Because I have called and ye refused,” (Prov. 1:24,33.)
Lot’s wife perished by a simply look. The city looked beautiful as ever when the sun rose upon it on that fatal day. That was the deceitful calm just before the storm.
She had sufficient energy of purpose to leave Sodom, but not enough to leave it altogether. Thus many go far wards obeying God, but not far enough.
Lot’s wife was Lost by a look! Heaven and hell in a single glance of the eye.
Eve looked at the tempting tree and brought sin and sorrow to the human race, the Israelites looked at the brazen serpent and obtained life, Lot looked forward to Zoar to find safety, his wife look back to Sodom to find destruction
One of the dying thieves looked on Christ and obtained eternal life, the other looked from him and died without repentance.
Lot’s wife had known Abraham, had the benefits of his pious counsel and of his high example, angels had come to her habitation and blessed her home,
She was now actually outside of the city on which the stroke of doom was about to fall.
There is no period in our life at which our caution and vigilance can be safely relaxed. We must feel our dependance upon God’s grace from first to last. Thus she failed at the last hour. Remember Lot’s wife.
We must have a strong Determination to serve the Lord, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (v.15)
The Lord in some way will publicly acknowledge those who, in the fear of God, command their children and their households to serve the Lord.(Gen.18:19). But let this be an individual decision, “As for me.” “What wilt Thou have me to do ?
Every person must give account of himself to God, (II.Co 5:10) declares, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”
To serve the Lord implies making Him your Master. Not I, but Christ. One is your Master. Who is He? Self or Christ ? “And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him.” (I.Kings 18:21).
We must never forget our passed blessing. The people answered and said, “The Lord our God, He it is that brought .us out of Egypt, . . . and did those great signs, . . . and preserved us all the way,. . and drove out the Amorites, . . . therefore will we serve the Lord” (v.16:18).
Their calling to mind the past goodness of God led them to a definite surrender of themselves to Him. Shall the memory of Christ’s sufferings and victory for us not constrain us to yield ourselves in loyal service to Him ? “Ye are not your own, for ye are bought with a price, therefore glorify God in your bodies and your spirits which are His.”
We must always be ready to make solemn Declarations as did Joshua, “Ye cannot serve the Lord, for He is an holy God; He is a jealous God” (v. 19).
It is an easy thing to say that we will serve the Lord, but it is a very different thing to put it into daily practice, (.Mt 26:33). “Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.”
The service of God is an holy service, and only holy ones can render it, “Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy (Lev.19:2).
(I.Sam. 6:20) ask this question, “Who shall be able to stand before this holy Lord God?”
The answer to this question is Those cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ and filled with the Spirit of Christ, (Col.1:27) declares, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” We must have the Spirit of Christ living in our life daily.
Ye cannot serve God, if Mammon or self has any authority over you, for God is a jealous God, jealous because He is Love (1.John 4.8).
We must have a strong affirmation to serve Christ, “Nay, but we will serve the Lord, We are witnesses” (v.21,22).
They were witnesses against themselves that they had chosen the Lord to serve Him.
Peter and the rest of the disciples affirmed that they would rather die than deny their Lord, but they all forsook Him, and fled when danger appeared, note the words of (Job 15:6), “Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I: yea, thine own lips testify against thee.”
Self confidence is ever the arm of flesh that fails, (1.Co.10:12) tells us, “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”
We must stand against dangers from without. False teachers, bad examples, unholy influences, Satanic attacks. We who are of the day should be awake.
We must stand against danger from within. We often tempt ourselves, often deceive ourselves, often injure ourselves. Our greatest enemy is within, not without. It is the traitor in the camp who does the mischief.
We must stand for opportunities of usefulness. Our day is short. Soon the final account must be rendered. We have many opportunities, but they never wait for us. We must watch for them, and catch them as they come. Opportunities have no resurrection.
We must stand for the coming of Christ. The Master himself enjoined this: “What I say unto you I say unto all, Watch” (Mk. 13:37) .
We must be steadfast. The Lack of steadfastness, hinders our spiritual growth, mars our usefulness, imperils our salvation, is a stumbling block to others, is a great offence to Christ; and spoils our spiritual joys.
A strong will may be a blessing or a snare. All depends on whether the strength is merely human or divine. Be strong and very courageous (Jos. 1:7).
We must have an indispensable Condition in our life, ‘Now therefore put away the strange gods, and incline your heart,” (v. 23).
If the Lord is to be served every unknown god must be put away, and the whole heart inclined, leaning only upon the Lord Jesus Christ.
Everything that takes the place of the Lord in our hearts is a strange god to Him, that with which He can have no fellowship.
Service must always be associated with his holiness.
Work for God is to be the fruit of personal consecration to God. David would not offer to God what cost him nothing (II.Sam.24:24).
The ministry of the Son of Man was to give His life.
Christ is altogether lovely and lovable. There is nothing in him to stay his love, but everything to encourage it. He has never done the slightest evil to any man. He has relinquished heaven for mankind. He has humbled himself to assume human nature for mankind.
He has lived for mankind, he has died for mankind, he is willing to redeem mankind from all things evil, and to ensure to them all things good (Mt.20:28).
So should we first give our own selves to the Lord. “And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God” (II.Cor. 8:5).