The word ‘consecration’ has often been wrongly used to substitute for ‘sanctification’. Consecration is what we do, Sanctification is what God does for us. We put ourselves totally in God’s hands so that He can do His work in us.
Then Moses said, “Consecrate yourselves today to the Lord, that He may bestow on you a blessing this day, for every man has opposed his son and his brother.” Exodus 32:29
When we place ourselves in consecration before the Lord He is then able to bless us. We are to do this ‘today” There is no better time to be where God can fully cleanse us than right now. God will not fully cleanse us until we are fully given up to His will for our lives. The steps are perfect commitment to the Lord, a full trust in His ability to do His work, and then we can be cleansed.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.” Daniel 3:16-18
These verses illustrate a practical example of total commitment of soul and body for life or death into God’s keeping. This consecration can only be made by those who have experienced true conversion. Sinners need to repent and surrender. Believers consecrate themselves to God.
If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority. John 7:17
Some people try to do things backward. They try to be sanctified before they are totally yielded to God’s will. We cannot know God’s will unless we are completely committed to do His will.
And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. Romans 6:13
Paul urges believers to offer themselves to God “as those who have been bought from death to life.” This means only those who have new life in Christ; those who have been truly born again can consecrate themselves to God. We will no longer use our talents and gifts selfishly, but rather we will use them for God’s glory.
Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men. 1 Corinthians 7:23
The main point of true consecration is to recognize that God is the only owner of our heart; that we are nothing and have nothing, and that we gladly let Him take control of us for the rest of our lives. We will not be fearfully bound by the opinions or criticisms of men but rather will willingly surrender all for Jesus and holiness.
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. James 4:7-10
After we have committed everything to God we must humble ourselves, trust in Jesus’ cleansing blood and then God can lift us up. Our part is to become nothing. God’s work is to raise us up.
Adapted by Ray Akers from God’s Plan for every believer by G.D.Watson
All Scripture is from the NKJV