Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you.” (Joshua 3:5)~ The word consecrate means “to set apart; designate for a special purpose.” Consecration is a complete surrender to the lordship of Jesus Christ. It means we no longer call the shots. We give God veto power. His word is the final word, whether it’s Holy Scripture or the Holy Spirit. Either way, it’s no longer a selfish spirituality that asks God to serve our purposes, It’s all about serving His purposes so that His glory is revealed. Consecration is death to self. It’s letting God do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. Think about how we try to do all of these things to ‘earn’ our salvation and make up for our sins. Sin carries a debt that we can’t afford to pay, so we have to set aside our-SELVES and have faith in Christ’s finished work. Now the great thing is that the exchange rate is incalculable. All of our sin is transferred to Christ’s account, and all of His righteousness is transferred to our account. God cancels our debt, writes us into His will, and calls it even! Jesus said, “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” (Matthew 16:25). Many of us fear that if we give more of ourselves to God, there will be less of “us” left, but it’s the exact opposite. It’s not until we die to “self” that we truly come alive. The more we give to God, the more we have and the more we become. It’s only in losing our lives that we will really find them. Yet not as WE will, but as HE wills.
Lord Empty Me of ‘Me’ So That I Can Be Filled By You