How do we begin the process of consecrating ourselves to God? Insights
from Joe and Cheryl Palechek, SFM Students
A consecrated heart
The word consecrated means to be filled, to be fenced, to be expired or completed accomplished. From these definitions we can draw the conclusion that what is consecrated is fenced off filled to capacity completely. There is the sense that there is no room in a consecrated heart for anything other than the things of God.
A heart that is consecrated must respond to any need that the Spirit brings to light, any situation that God desires to use for His glory. This is not an option for those seeking a consecrated heart. We can see this in the response of the apostles when they had been beaten and charged not to speak in the name of Jesus anymore.
"But Peter and John spoke right back, "Whether it's right in God's eyes to listen to you rather than to God, you decide. As for us, there's no question — we can't keep quiet about what we've seen and heard." (TM)
We cannot keep quiet about what we have seen and heard. Once a cup has been completely filled adding anything else will result in a flowing from that cup.
"my cup overflows." RSV
Once our hearts are filled to the top with the things of God any addition will result in our lives flowing out or being poured out into others lives.
"He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." NKJV
A heart that can look at a given situation, the needs in a person’s life, work that needs to be done, time that needs to be spent, financial support that needs to be given, and can walk away is not a heart that is consecrated to God.
I believe that just about anybody who sits in a pew on Sunday morning would say that they desire their heart to be consecrated to God. Yet there are people who may not see the need or worse may see the need and chose not to respond.
How do we begin the process of consecrating ourselves to God? We start the journey exactly the way the apostles began. We hear the call from Jesus "come follow Me and I will make you fishers of men".
To follow we must seek direction.
"I know, Lord, that our lives are not our own. We are not able to plan our own course. So correct me, Lord, but please be gentle. Do not correct me in anger, for I would die." TLB
2 Thessalonians 3:5
"May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ." NLT
We must give the control to God and allow Him to lead. As Jeremiah 10:23-24 says we are not capable of leading ourselves.
Each day of our lives each hour of the day and every minute of each hour we are on a course to somewhere in life. Should not each minute be directed by the Lord?
1 Thessalonians 5:17-18
"pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. NKJV
Start this journey with prayer and study let it begin to take over. Seek ye first the kingdom.
Let Him begin to break the chains that this world ties you down with. Then you will begin to see the needs and you will find that, in fact, you must respond. Needs will be met and God will move.
"He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.