Consecration Is A Lifestyle Not An Event
Most are familiar with John 3:16 that speak of God loving us so much that He gave His only son to die on the cross for our sins. We may even quote other scriptures such as John 15:13, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” We often quote these scriptures, but sometimes there is a disconnect with what we confess and how we live. It’s easy to reflect on Jesus and what He did for us during specific times of the year, especially Lent where we commemorate Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. We make sacrifices; we give up certain foods and entertainment, but what happens when Lent ends? What happens after Resurrection Sunday? It’s unfortunate because many slowly go back to their old way of living and are not as intentional about being consecrated unto God. What Jesus did for us on the cross is not to be contained to a certain time on the calendar. Jesus’ shed blood invites us to make consecration a lifestyle and not an event! Remember, God is more interested in sincere obedience and surrender than he is an artificial level of sacrifice. The shed blood of Jesus and His resurrection makes it possible for us to be holy as He is holy all of our days! God has every right to require consecration and surrender from us. We shouldn’t have an attitude or reject God’s command for us to present our bodies as living sacrifices. Considering that Jesus shed His blood for us, a consecrated and surrendered life is the least we can do, it is our reasonable service (Romans 12:1).
About the Author
Anika Jones is a speaker and author of the book Lessons Learned Along The Way: A 40 Day Devotional. She blogs about faith and family at LivingForLater.com and posts weekly videos on her YouTube channels, Living For Later (@livingforlater) and Living Life Now (@livinglifenow). Anika loves speaking about developing intimacy with God and understanding who we are in Christ. She serves alongside her husband in ministry. They live in Illinois with their 6 children.