by Chua See Lian
In Joshua 3, God set the stage & set the appointed time for the Israelites to crossover the Jordan into the promised land. After forty years of journeying in the wilderness and a new generation having risen up, it was now “the moment” of the fulfillment of God’s promise.
Before the Israelites could crossover to the promised land, there was a vital call to entire camp where the Lord demanded an action. Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.” (Joshua 3:5-6)
Why is consecration so important?
Repentance is for the things we have done wrong yesterday or in the past as the Lord reveals. We turn away. We repent. We burn the bridges that led us to a place of destruction & dishonoring God. True repentance is therefore a call to to love God and hate sin.
Consecration, however, is about a life surrendered to the will of God here today, for His service tomorrow. It is not the act of our feelings but rather of our will. We must be determined to walk in God’s way, God’s truth and God’s life (John 14.6). Out of our carefully thought out choices, we live out the purposes of God. We live wholeheartedly to the King of kings and Lord of lords.
Billy Graham once said, “The highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service. The greatest form of praise is the sound of consecrated feet seeking out the lost and the helpless…” Is this the kind of consecration we are committed to?
So what are we consecrated to?
1. Consecrated to His Majesty’s Service
• For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Mk 10:45)
2. Consecrated to Please Him
• And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. (Heb 13.16)
3. Consecrated to Know His Ways
• He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel (Ps 103.7)
May the Lord strengthen you from the inside out as you consecrate your life unto Him.