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What is Consecration in the Bible and Why Should You Consecrate Yourself to the Lord?

What is Consecration in the Bible?

Are you a newly saved believer, looking for the way to follow the Lord in your Christian life?  Consecration is the gate and this post will point you to the entrance.

Are you a lover of Jesus desiring to go deeper in your relationship with Him?  A proper consecration is vital to your personal relationship with Christ and this post will foster it.

Are you a seeking believer looking to be useful in your service to your Master? Consecration is the prerequisite to any acceptable service to God and this post will help to prepare you.

Are you a Christian of many years and finding your Christian life becoming increasingly stagnant?  A fresh consecration will renew you and this post can assist you…

The meaning of consecration according to the Bible

You might be asking, “What do you mean by “consecration”?

Consecration is to present ourselves to the Lord as a living sacrifice

God will not work with anyone or use anyone that has not first offered themselves to Him. He won’t overstep our will. For Him to do the work in us that He desires, we first need to offer ourselves to Him.

Romans 12:1 says,

I exhort you therefore, brothers, through the compassions of God to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service.

“Presenting ourselves a living sacrifice to God” is our willing consecration to Him. It is not telling the Lord that we will do something for Him, but our willingly offering ourselves to Him so that He has the freedom to work in us.

In Life Lessons, Witness Lee points out,

When we consecrate ourselves to the Lord, we present ourselves to Him as a living sacrifice, unlike people in the Old Testament who offered dead sacrifices to the Lord. As a living sacrifice that has been presented, we are holy, that is, we have separated ourselves unto the Lord for His use, and we are well pleasing to God, satisfying His heart’s desire. (p. 124)

Consecration is our reasonable response to God’s redemption

How can God ask us to consecrate ourselves to Him?

He asks us to consecrate ourselves based on His purchase. God bought us. That is, He redeemed us out from under the law’s righteous demand with the priceless blood of His only Son, Jesus.

1 Corinthians  6:19-20 says,

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.

Since God has purchased us with this highest price, the blood of His Son, how can we not willingly offer our purchased life back to Him for His purpose?

When we see God’s purchase we need to respond by praying,

Dear Father, thank you for offering Your Son for me, for paying the highest price to redeem my lost soul. Thank you for judging Him on the cross in my place, so that I might be freed from Your righteous judgment on sin. I consecrate my purchased life to You for Your purpose.

But if God’s rightful ownership is not convincing enough, let’s consider another factor.

Consecration is our loving response to Christ’s constraining love

What could compel a self-seeking person to consecrate their all to Christ?

It is only the sight of Christ’s constraining love that can motivate even the most selfish of us to consecrate ourselves to Him. 

2 Corinthians 5:14-15 say,

For the love of Christ constrains us because we have judged this, that One died for all, therefore call died; and He died for all that those who live may no longer live to themselves but to Him who died for them and has been raised.

God’s  purchase alone may not be sufficient to release our heart to consecrate ourselves to Him.  But when  we see our Lord’s sacrificial love for us, it’s hard to resist.

Our Lord Jesus loved us so much that He willingly endured the pain and shame of the cross for us. It was His life given for our life. He died that we need not die for our sins.

May the Lord’s love constrain us—pressing on us from all sides until our will yields to His.  May we see it, be constrained by it, and offer ourselves without reserve to our loving Lord Jesus.

When we are touched by Christ’s love we simply need to pray,

Lord Jesus, thank you for dying for me. I did nothing to deserve Your love. You loved me so much that You willingly suffered the death of the cross that I might enjoy the life of resurrection. Lord Jesus, I love You. I offer my all to You. Take me and possess me. Work in me according to Your good pleasure. Use me as You will.

Consecration is both a gate and a pathway

The Lord can’t freely work in us if we don’t consecrate ourselves to Him, if we don’t entrust our lives into His hands. He won’t take the reigns of our life if  we haven’t given Him the right to do so.

First, we need to enter the gate of consecration once for all. We can only do this by making a thorough, detailed consecration of all that we are to the Lord–our life, future, education, career, marriage, family, time, money and anything else that He touches us to consecrate.

We should consecrate in prayer, giving the Lord the adequate time to make a genuine, detailed consecration of all that concerns us.

Then, we need to continue walking the way of consecration every day.  We can practice consecrating each day beginning from first thing each morning.  By renewing our consecration to the Lord, we invite Him to work in us, and gain more of us, with each experience in our daily life.

So have you entered the gate of consecration? And are you walking on the pathway of consecration?

If you’ve enjoyed this post I hope you would respond by praying personal prayers of consecration to the Lord both once for all and in a renewing way each day. Then take a moment to share the help you’ve received in a brief comment to this post.

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About Tom Smith

Hi. My name is Tom Smith. I'm the writer behind Holding to Truth in Love, and I love the Lord Jesus and His life-giving Word. Please feel free to send me an e-mail through the contact page if you have any questions. I hope you'd take a moment to subscribe to the Holding to Truth blog. Then you'll be sure not to miss a post. Thanks!

7 Replies

  1. CHARLES

    Thanks for this life changing article. Pls I want to know, is consecration sanctification?

    1. Tom Smith

      Charles, Consecration and sanctification are not the same but are practically related. Sanctification is God’s operation, the process by which He makes us holy even as He is holy–both separated unto Him and saturated with the nature of His holiness. However, for God to carry out such a process with us requires our cooperation, our willingness. This cooperation is our consecration. It is our telling the Lord that we are His and that we give Him the freedom to do in us all that is in His heart. That is, we give Him the freedom to carry out His sanctifying work in our life. For this reason, we should not only make a once and for all consecration but a daily consecration, even a consecration in every situation of our life, affording Him the way to gain us in that area, whether in our education, family, marriage, employment, Christian life or service to Him.

  2. Corlissa Taylor

    This article was very helpful as I seek to consecrate myself. Thank you

    1. Tom Smith

      Glad you found the post helpful. When we see the highest price our Lord paid for us and our constrained by His all-conquering love, we can’t help but respond to Him with our full consecration of all that we are and have to Him for His purpose. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Nana

    Yes I found it very helpful. Praise the Lord for His divine word. Oh Lord we do love You and thank You for making us holy. Gain us Lord, gain us through and by Your word amen.
    Thank you brother Tom

    1. Tom Smith

      Our cooperation affords the Lord the ground to work Himself more into us. Every day, we need to consecrate ourselves afresh as a living sacrifice for His satisfaction, enjoy Him and let Him operate in us according to His will. Thanks for your comment.

  4. Neal

    Tom,
    Thank you again for your beautiful and articulate explanation of what can often be a difficult word (“consecration”) to fully realize. I am often moved by the words of the hymn “All the Way My Savior Leads Me,” especially the phrase “Can I doubt His tender mercy Who through life has been my Guide.” Thank you, Tom, for causing the words of that hymn to take on an even greater meaning tonight! Blessings!!!

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