Romans 12:1: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
We have been studying the wonderful things God has done for us in Christ. We have seen how God put us in Christ, how He delivered us from the kingdom of darkness, how He has delivered us from the power of sin, self, the flesh, the world, and from Satan. We have seen how Christ came back to live in us that we might fulfill the righteous requirements of the law.
All of these wonderful things are “the mercies of God.” We deserved nothing but death, but God has freely bestowed all of these great blessings on us. Now God asks us to do something for Him.
What does God ask us to do? God asks us to consecrate ourselves to Him. Let us hear what God says to us through His servant Paul: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
What is consecration? What is the basis of consecration? What is its motive? What is the result of consecration? These are important questions, and we are going to find the answers to them in this lesson series.
What is consecration? Consecration is the giving of our lives to God to do His will instead of our own. It means that we present our bodies to Him as a “living sacrifice.”
The animals which were offered to God in the Old Testament were slain—they were dead sacrifices. God does not ask us to place our bodies on an altar to be slain. Instead, He asks us to become a “living sacrifice.” This means that He wants us to live for Him.
The sacrifices in the Old Testament were types of the Lord Jesus. For example, when a lamb was offered as a sin offering, it was a type or picture of the Lord Jesus dying on the cross for our sins.
But there was another sacrifice which had nothing to do with sin. This sacrifice was called “the burnt offering.” The burnt offering represented the Lord Jesus offering up His life to the Father to do His will. This sacrifice was very precious to God, and from it we can learn many things about consecration.
1. Consecration is voluntary. Concerning the burnt offering, the Bible says in Leviticus 1, “If any man of you bring an offering unto the Lord… he shall offer it of his own voluntary will…” This tells us that consecration is “unto the Lord,” and that it must be voluntary. God does not compel us to consecrate our lives to Him; instead, He says, “I beseech you.” God wants us to give our lives to Him, not because we have to but because we love Him and want to serve Him.
2. Consecration is to the Lord. When we consecrate ourselves to the Lord, does this mean that we are giving our lives to be preachers or missionaries? No, we do not consecrate ourselves to be preachers or missionaries. We consecrate ourselves TO THE LORD, to do His will wherever we are—in school, in the home, or wherever He may send us. God is the One who decides what He wants us to do and where He wants us to serve Him, and whatever He chooses for us is sure to be the very best for us.
3. Consecration is the offering of a whole life to God. God permitted four kinds of creatures to be used as sacrifices in the burnt offering. The people who were wealthy brought a costly animal such as a bullock; those with less wealth brought a sheep; and those who could not afford either of these brought a dove or a pigeon. But in each case, it was the offering up of a whole life to God. God would not accept anything less than this.
What does this tell us about consecration? It tells us that consecration is the offering up of a whole life to God. We cannot give God part of our lives and keep part of it for ourselves. This would not satisfy God, and it would not satisfy us either. All the joy and blessing in the Christian life depend upon our holding back nothing from God.
The Bible tells us that the burnt offering was offered to God each morning and each evening, every day, continually. This tells us that our consecration must be continual. Our consecration begins with the act of giving ourselves to the Lord, but it does not end there. We must live out our consecration. Each day, we offer ourselves to the Lord to do His will instead of our own. This is what the Lord Jesus meant when He said, “If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross DAILY, and follow Me.”
Living a consecrated life as a Christian is something we all should dedicate ourselves to doing. If the Lord tarries his coming and we live, in our next lesson, we will continue looking at what it means to be consecrated to God.
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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University School of Divinity. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.