During the university training, we touched on the matter of consecration and the need for us to give ourselves to Him. The definition of consecration can sometimes be confused with the definition of a promise. A promise denotes a declaration to do something with the intention of commitment to its execution.
However, for a consecration, you are giving yourself over to the Lord for His purpose; allowing Him to work on you, use you and direct you. I enjoyed that in our consecration to the Lord, we have to realise that we aren’t able to carry out everything we wish you could do for the Lord, but we give ourselves to Him for His working, trusting in Him to work out everything.
So many times I have given myself to the Lord in a way of a promise. All the promises I made were broken, as I was never able to fulfill them myself. This brought me into fearing consecration because I thought that it would result in failure again. But I thank the Lord that we do not need to fear failure when we consecrate ourselves to Him!
Whenever and in whatever He touches me to consecrate to Him, through His great constraining love, I can just give myself to Him, wholly trusting in Him. In Rom 12:1 it says “…through the compassions of God to present your bodies a living sacrifice…”. It doesn’t say ‘work out in your bodies’ but ‘present’. Oh, we just need to present ourselves to our loving, compassionate God!
Moreover, we realised that we belong to the Lord. We are not our own, as mentioned in 1 Cor 6:19-20:
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price. So then glorify God in your body.
We have been purchased by the Lord’s precious blood from under the law, under which man fell under when he sinned (Gal 4:5). So, in actuality, we are slaves to the Lord and He has right over us. Therefore, realising we are His and having been touched by His love, we would lay ourselves on the altar (giving up all we have and all we are) for His satisfaction.
Lord Jesus, we realise we are not our own. We belong to You. Continue to constrain us and touch us with Your great love so that we pour all we have and are on You for Your satisfaction and so that You can have a way in our being for Your heart’s desire. Lord, continue to gain a fresh consecration from us each day.
[Sharing by sister K. Henry from her enjoyment in the recent 2012 Students Training in Bower House]