For ease of understanding the following definitions will be the foundation for which this blog post will be built upon

Consecrate: make or declare something (typically a church or a life) as sacred; dedicate formally to a religious or divine purpose.
Devote: To give all of one's time or resources to (a person, activity, or cause).
Desecrate: To treat (a sacred place, thing, or person) with violent disrespect; to violate.

Exodus 32:29 “Then Moses said, “Consecrate (Devote) yourselves today to the Lord, that He may bestow on you a blessing this day”

As we break into the start of the second month of EC there should come a point where we intentionally draw away and take time to depart from the busy bustle of life and quietly spend some time in deep introspection of our heart and soul. During this time (which should be done in depth weekly, and at the very least monthly, in my opinion) I believe it to be of the utmost importance to ask ourselves the simple, yet potent, question of whether every area of our life is one of consecration and devotion or rather the opposite,  one of vile desecration. The basic and limited duality of these states of being seems harsh, and indeed it is, but based on the very definition of these words light begins to shed upon it and reveal that it is indeed one or the other.

Everyone wants there to be different levels of reality, like a scale from 1-100 where the upper 80’s are still pretty good, but the truth is that the very definition of devote requires, not suggests, but requires all of one’s time and resources. Therefore if not all is given then it is not devoted and therefore can be marked as a desecration. For to only give to God a portion of what is rightfully His is of great disrespect and shows a sign of sincere irreverence.

Ephesians 1:4 “He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love”

In this situation the recognition that we have not a sense of pure devotion can be disheartening, and can in many ways trip people up to a form of legalism towards works and good deeds. While these things are good, but they can also be pointless if we do not wholeheartedly turn our gaze to God and His amazing Righteousness and Grace! (Romans 10:3 “ For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.”) The Gospel is not that of Legalism, but that of Relationship! We are to be co-laborers with Christ (1 Corinthians 3:9).

In light of this I am reminded of the words of Paul in Philippians 3:12 “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.” Our goal is to operate through the Grace of God to do our best to walk according to the statutes He has given us and the call upon our lives! For in our times of greatest weakness when we want to forsake our devotion to our Heavenly Father we can take heart by looking at the very words that He gave us.

2 Corinthians 12:9 “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

His great Grace is sufficient enough for all things we may face, will face, and have faced. Therefore we must constantly look to the Cross of Christ and lean on that tender Grace to keep us in a position of devotion to our God! He never leaves nor forsakes us, and tenderly loves our aim to please Him in all that we do by saturating ourselves in His grace. So press on to that upward calling in Christ, not operating in a sense of legalism, nor disregarding the need to act on the Word of God, and make it your aim to please God by devoting all the areas of your life unto Him and Him alone. He is very near and desires greatly to help.

Deuteronomy 30:9-14 "The Lord your God will make you abound in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your land for good. For the Lord will again rejoice over you for good as He rejoiced over your fathers, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this Book of the Law, and if you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. “For this commandment which I command you today is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend into heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it."

Kevin Stelzer

2nd Year Student Blogger