I’m excited to welcome my friend Misty Keith back to My Messy Desk for this great edition of #WORDNerdWednesday.
Consecration – kon’-se-krat, kon-se-kra’-shun– (noun) the solemn dedication to a special purpose or service, usually religious. The word consecration literally means “association with the sacred.” Persons, places, or things can be consecrated, and the term is used in various ways by different groups or religions.
For example, the word “consecration” is used in the Catholic Church as the setting apart for the service of God of both persons and objects.
In the nondenominational church, “consecration” is viewed with more of a focus on the person rather than on their service to God. This is seen in the purifying of oneself (sanctification). Separating oneself from the world and devoting oneself to God. Two things are applied here. First that man separate himself from evil ways and companions so that he is fully devoted to God, second that God separate guilt from the conscience, sin from the soul and all in order to make a man internally and externally holy.
Old Testament – In the Old Testament Bible, we see the consecration of the the Hebrew High Priests (Exodus), we also see the consecration of the Levites and Nethinim – the temple assistants (Numbers). Further, we see the Consecration of the Altar. Exodus 29:37 (ESV) says “Seven days you shall make atonement for the altar and consecrate it, and the altar shall be most holy. Whatever touches the altar shall become holy.” The place that offerings were brought to and sacrificed on, was called to be set apart and made holy. Lastly, we also see the Threefold Sacrifice of Consecration in the offerings brought to the altar (sin, burnt and peace offerings).
New Testament – In the New Testament Bible, we see consecration as duties and graces of the new life. Romans 12:1 (ESV) says A Living Sacrifice, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” 1 Corinthians 10:31(ESV) says “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
Further, In the New Testament we see the Greek word teleioo, which defines consecration as “to make perfect.” Jesus whom was the only perfect One, came and made perfect the law. Hebrews 7:28 (ESV) says “For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the Word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.” Perfected – egkainizo, means “to make new.” Hebrews 10:20 (ESV) says “By the new and living way that He (Jesus) opened for us through the curtain, that is, through His flesh.”
Because we live in and beyond the New Testament of days, believers are regarded as being consecrated to God. 1 Peter 2:9 (ESV) says “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
It is easy in the times we find ourselves in to go to church and be “Sunday Christians.” Life gets busy and so many other things take over our schedule. We stop making time for God and blame it on our busyness, duties or roles in life. However, 1 Peter 2:9 reminds us that not only are we chosen, but that we also have a reason for that which we are called to. We can no longer look or act like we use to. Since we have been made different, renewed and in the image of Christ, we are called to stand out, be set apart and make a difference right where we are at.
Consecration begins with dedication and ends up with a person possessing the mirrored image of Christ in their daily life. More time is spent on becoming who Christ desires them to be and less time is spent on one’s own personal agenda, likes and desires. This is a true picture of consecration.
There is a growth toward maturity that is required as one becomes consecrated to the Lord. In fact, that growth and maturity is evidence of a true believer. People notice a difference. A true believer stands out, they do not fit in with the norms of the current culture. They adhere to what the Lord teaches in His Holy Word. This is much, much different than the current world system of today’s day and age.
One of the greatest biblical examples of consecration is that of John the Baptist. John lived a life that was set part for Yahweh. He did not fit in, but did everything for the glory of God. His purpose here on earth was to lead those to the coming Messiah. John was the precursor or forerunner of Jesus. John did not take any glory for himself and when others tried to give him attention that belonged only to Jesus, “John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but He who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Luke 3:16 (ESV)
Are you using your talents and gifts for the glory of God? Are you set apart? Are you consecrated to the ONE who matters most? If not, you can be. John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. Today is the day of salvation, the day to be consecrated to the ONE who matters most.
Hello, my name is Misty Ann. I am a daughter of the King of all Kings, wife to Richard, Mommy to Reagan (11 years), Kylee (8 years), and Karis Delaney (6 years). I am a teacher by trade, an encourager and up-lifter by calling and a writer by practice. I enjoy being a friend to those who will have me.
I understood from early adulthood and beyond that I would never fit. The Lord helped me to realize that He called me to stand out and because of this, I am forever grateful and at peace with how He has made me and who He has made me to be.
I will offer You my grateful heart, for I am Your unique creation, filled with wonder and awe.
You have approached even the smallest details with excellence;
Your works are wonderful;
I carry this knowledge deep within my soul. (Psalm 139:14 – The Voice)
Just A Little More About Me…..
My family and I live just outside the Austin, Texas area. I homeschool all three of my children and teach Reading for a private college in the Master’s/Credentialing program. I stay busy and enjoy the hobbies of Reading, Writing, Scrap-booking, Bible-Journaling and Running.
As a family, we attend Hill Country Bible Church. We enjoy traveling and take “family fieldtrips” often. All of life is an adventure and we are thankful for every life lesson that the Lord teaches us in the process.
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