As we hear the cry for revival rise throughout the world following this pandemic, and heed to it, we must not only focus on revival but, personal revival; and with that comes the need for consecration.
Reading through Exodus, we not only learn about God’s love and desire for His people, but also how we ought to approach God. Reading this book, I kept being reminded that God is loving however, still, there are also many things that he loves and requires from us. Yes, a lot of these legalistic ways have been completed through Jesus, and we no longer have to be bound by them…
"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. Matthew 5:17 (NIV) Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace. Romans 6:14 (NLT) … Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit. Romans 7:6b (NLT)
…but whilst this is true, there are still many things that we can learn about God from these laws, and the one that stuck out to me was how much God values consecration, and holiness. From the Old Testament, we’ve seen God’s desire – be holy for I am holy (Leviticus 19:2b), and this continues on to the New Testament (1 Peter 1:16).
This idea of consecration is nothing new. In Exodus 19, we see God lay this foundation for the first time where the Israelites collectively agreed that they were going to serve the Lord, and obey Him. And so, God called them together because this chapter was the prerequisite for the next chapter, Genesis 20, where the people would be entering a covenant with God (The Ten Commandments). But we see here that God first required the people to consecrate themselves and wash themselves.
In verse 22 of Genesis 19, we see God make it clear that consecration is required from everyone, even the Priests, and if we are to enter God’s presence, we are to consecrate ourselves. That’s why we ask for the forgiveness of sins. That’s why we apply the blood of Jesus onto ourselves, so that we may boldly approach the throne of mercy and receive grace to help us in our time of need.
Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)
In these times of need and quest for revival, even as we seek the face of God, let’s come before Him consecrated. Holy, as He is holy – washed in the blood of His Son, in reverence of Him; that we may worship Him in the right attitude – that our worship may rise as a pleasing offering to Him. That he would find pleasure in it. I don’t know about you, but don’t you just want to give God a reason to smile? I just want to make Him smile. And if my consecration will do that, then that’s just what I’ll do.
Have a blessed week all.
Let me know your thoughts. What are your views on consecration?