Consecrated ones

early-morning-299735_640Isaiah 13:3: I myself have commanded my consecrated ones, and have summoned my mighty men to execute my anger, my proudly exulting ones.

No one goes a long way with God without a high level of consecration. Enoch had a reputation that he walked with God, which means he was dedicated to him in an absolute way (Genesis 5:22-23).

He prized the presence of God more than anything else. He later saw thousands of years down the line because walking with God means you get to see from his perspective, his eternal perspective, see ahead of time. As recorded in the book of Jude Enoch spoke of the second coming of the Lord and events that will surround it (Jude 1:14-15).

When establishing the nation of Israel, God set up an order, which is the order of the Nazirites (Numbers 6:1-21), which means the separated ones. Any individual who wants to be dedicated to God will abstain from certain things. These people will have no blade on their hair and will abstain from touching the dead and also from anything made of the vine. These are the indications of their consecration, devotion to God.

Note that this order is for volunteers only. You have to decide if you want to be consecrated or not. Paul wrote of vessels of honour and of dishonour, adding that anyone that will purge himself from any defilement will be a vessel unto honour (2Timothy 2:19-26). No one can force you to be consecrated to God.

It has to do with the choices you make, e.g. in want to use your mouth to say, in the places you go and friends you hang out with.

David prayed: let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you oh Lord (Psalm 19:14). The Nazirite needs to be dedicated to God in what come into his mouth but we Christians need to be dedicated to God with what comes from our mouth. Jesus said that it is not what goes into the mouth in food that defiles but what comes out of the heart in certain bad human behavioural tendencies (Mark 7:18-23). He puts consecrated as a matter of the heart, going deep into the core of our being.

Paul said we should be mindful of who we associate with. He quoted an Old Testament scripture where God said: get out from among them and be ye separate and I will receive you (2Corinthians 6:16-18).

That means God wants you to be consecrated to him. Jesus said that if anyone would come after him, he must deny himself carry his cross and follow him (Matthew 16:24). The cross is our symbol of identification with Jesus and a symbol of death.

Paul said that through the cross, the world is crucified to him and him to the world (Galatians 6:14, 1Peter 3:18). He is dead to the world and its pull (to conform) and to the dictates of the senses which leads to sin and he is now alive in the spirit.

Paul said since we are dead to sin in Jesus we should no longer walk in sin, but that is if we take deliberate steps to dedicate our members as instruments of righteousness (Romans 6).

Maybe you are overdue is some radical decision about the members of your body. For example that your tongue will not speak lies in any form or shade; that you will act true to the fact that your body is now for the Lord and not for fornication. Make that decision, but make sure you ask for help to have that true in your life.

Paul said that any sin that we commit is outside the body but the sin of fornication is committed with the body, leading to being joined in spiritual essence with the wrong people (1Corinthians 6:15-20) leading to spiritual pollution. Also, how about making a decision to stop taking anything that is not yours without asking permission from the owner?

When some people talk about consecration it is focused on what you should avoid and not what you should embrace; what you don’t do, and not what you do. But that is a lopsided view of consecration. It tells you what to run away from but not what to run to. It is a purposeless kind of consecration.

Jesus said: occupy (active) till I come (Luke 19:13), he did not say be consecrated (passive) till I come. Consecration is not an end in itself, but that is the way some present it.

Consecration for consecration sake is a symptom of the spirit of religion, it is an antichrist spirit. Paul said that some people preach the neglect of the body (Colossians 2:23), as a means of being accepted by God. That is their version of consecration. Some people give a dressing prescription to the neglect of the heart condition and that is also a manifestation of the spirit of religion. That is self-worship masquerading as God’s worship, a commitment to appearance, without regard to the fact that God is Spirit (John 4:24).

There is a focus on the form of consecration denying the power thereof (2Timothy 3:5). Religion is about appearance, it is about rituals, it is about route learning, it is about conforming to human opinion, it about judging according to appearance and not righteously (John 7:23-24), giving an impression that you in line with God. It is about saying the right things and looking the right way, but what about being the right person?

There you have the recipe for breeding hypocrites, a bunch of people who can cover the hair properly but cannot share a bible verse meaningfully, emptied on the inside. Going about with the right church activities, but no right private devotion to talk of. Their life is about the man of God, they know nothing of the God of the man, and so are easily deceived.

Purposeless consecration is not right. Understand that what God wants is sanctification, a love affair with him that causes us to give so much focus to him that we do not have any left for anything else. It is a love devotion, it is seeking to please him and not just seeking to align with some codes.

Jesus is not a set of code, he is a person, the Holy Spirit is not a feeling, and he is a person. In relationship with God, giving priority to him is to focus on his person.

That is how Paul defined consecration. He said that he counts everything else as worthless, not worth his time and attention, when compared with the greatness of knowing Christ (Philippians 3:7-14). His consecration has a focus, has a direction, it was Christ, knowing him, being like him. And he can’t get enough of him.

The bible says those who know their God will be strong and do exploits (Daniel 11:32). So the consecrated ones will pay attention to knowing God. They concentrate on everything that will enhance their knowledge of Him.

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