“The world has yet to see what God will do with, and for, and through, and in, and by the man who is wholly consecrated to Him” — Henry Varley.
I remember reading this quote when I was in high school. I was reading through a Bible Study book that our youth group was doing together, when these words jumped off of the page and grabbed a hold of my heart. I wondered if it was possible that I might someday be an example to the world of someone who is wholly consecrated to the Lord.
The word “consecrate” was used in the Old Testament. It’s not something that we say a lot these days. The definition of consecrate is “to make or declare sacred; to set apart or dedicate to God.” The New Testament describes Christians as “living sacrifices” (Romans 12:1).
A consecrated life, or living sacrifices, is one that is separated from the world and used for the Lord’s purposes. alone.
Every moment becomes sacred, Every action is holy, Every thought is surrendered to the Lord. Every relationship is ruled by the truth and love.
A consecrated life is a life of total surrender to the work of the Hand of God. Whether He is working in us to make us more like Him, or through us to show others His love, we must first surrender.
On this side of Heaven I will never be able to accomplish my desire to be “wholly consecrated.” I will fail. I will stumble in my pursuit. We all will. The point isn’t to be perfect. The point is to grow.
I can’t guarantee that my life will be a picture of perfection during my journey on this earth, but I can commit to follow Him one step at a time and trust that He can use even my imperfections for His glory.
My challenge to you is to commit to the Lord your next step. Give Him the reigns in your life and get excited about where He will take you.
Pastor Susan Bosch