Saturday, November 13, 2010

Confessions of a Consecrant


To consecrate means to hallow, or to dedicate to a special purpose.
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Neither meaning is particularly helpful, other than to connote the spiritual nature of being consecrated. It's use, as well as it's definition will vary from one person to another; from group-to-group; or from one denomination to another.
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Here's the confession part of my post: I've never liked the word "consecrate". It, like many others from our Christianese vernacular, is bothersome to me in that it comes off high-and-mighty, churchy; and it doesn't really get to the heart of the matter. In truth, the heart of the consecration-matter couldn't be more amazing, or more personal than what is commonly associated with it.
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There are other, related dots we can connect to this subject; dots like living sacrifice, anointed, called/chosen, transformed. In the end, they all tell us:.

The Word of God, ministered in our hearts
by the Holy Spirit, is the only power on earth
that can transform us from worldliness
to true spirituality
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(I also like what Watchman Nee (2) has to say about this subject.)

Through the Lord's constraining and based on His purchase, we separate
ourselves from every other thing. Henceforth, we live for and unto the Lord.
This is consecration.

... we see (in Exodus 28:1-2, 29:1, 4, 9-10) that man does not
consecrate himself because he has chosen God. Rather, God
is the One who chooses and calls, and then man consecrates
himself to Him.

Consecration does not depend upon our willingness. It is because of God's
abounding grace that we can consecrate
ourselves.

My friend Elaine at Peace for the Journey writes a poignant, related piece in In her recent post entitled "on Christian 'calling' ". Were I the swearing sort, I'd swear she wrote it just for me because it quieted my thoughts, and confirmed many of my own brooding musings over this consecration business. She reminded me again how complicated we I make the living for the Lord equation.
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My take-away from brooding on this subject? All my formulas ... contrivances ... expectations ... love of the sensational ... mis-applied & mis-appropriated scriptures ... clamor ... (more confessions!), do little more than muddy the refreshing, icy, clear water given by God Himself to quench my thirst.
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While some (though none of you, or me) seek high-and-mighty ministries, or are on a quest to tap into signs & wonders as an affirmation of spiritual maturity, the Lord Himself tells us of the great significance (and power) in The Ministry of Waiting. I could site scripture-after-scripture (and so can you) about the value of such a ministry, but suffice it to say: Until we've I've learned to be content there (in the waiting), I doubt any other self-consecrated ministry-effort or outcome will be quite what He had in mind for me.
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There's a dramatic connection between God's work in sanctifying us, and our work (if you can call it that) in surrendering to it. We consecrate ourselves because we are called to it; and we are called to it because of His unfathomable love. It's mysterious, but no mystery. It's just that simple.
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It is our reasonable service.
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15 comments:

Grace on the Narrow Path said...

Oh my wise and to the point friend, HE is faithful!!! Wow!!!
God is blessing my friend.
Thank you,
Bren

NanaNor's said...

Hi dear one, What an amazing post today; you delved into this topic that is so needed in our world today-that it isn't about me, but about Him. May He bless your sharing.
Hugs, Noreen

LisaShaw said...

Kathleen,

Spoken with a genuine heart in the Lord and for that I'm always grateful to come sit at the table of God's words and your heart-share about Him.

Your last paragraph ties it all up for me especially!!! "It's just that simple" indeed!!!

Love and blessings!

Debbie said...

Kathleen, I love to read the things that occupy your mind these days. Ah yes, consecration. I'm so thankful that God chose me. Why? I don't know but I'll gladly accept and receive.

In the waiting I know He is changing me. God is good and He has a plan and a purpose. So I choose to surrender to Him as He molds me and changes me into His image day by day. I pray that I continue to be willing.

Blessings and love,
Debbie

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Kathleen -

You're right. We make things so complicated. It all boils down to: Christ in me, the hope of glory.

Blessings,
Susan :)

RCUBEs said...

I just try to drink lots and lots of fluids for my sinus allergy symptoms. Spiritually, I pray I'd do the same for the Lord...To drink more and more of the Living Water so that I can stay away from unwanted behaviors. I know I'd get rid of this sinus pressure and so, I can also get rid of the pressure from earthly ways of unrighteous living. I'm glad that even though I have to do my part, God is there preparing us for His use. He is making us holy.
Thanks for making the complicated be understood easier! God bless.

Rebecca said...

"Content in the waiting"....this is IT! I have come to believe that those whom God uses mightily may NOT be aware of their role at all....only we who "look on" see a person, but the person whom God is using only sees HIM! Those who "need" the signs and wonders to stimulate their faith, God knows and meets...but even THESE don't see a human person, but the LORD of Signs and Wonders.

Sonja said...

forgive me for quoting you back to you, but...

"There's a dramatic connection between God's work in sanctifying us, and our work (if you can call it that) in surrendering to it. We consecrate ourselves because we are called to it; and we are called to it because of His unfathomable love. It's mysterious, but no mystery. It's just that simple.
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It is our reasonable service.:

Every word of that spoke to my heart tonight!

Love you!

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elaine @ peace for the journey said...

So much of this harkens back to our friend, Alicia Chole, and her work in "anonymous"--being willing to remain hidden in Christ and having that simply be enough. God's given me a new word as of late... it will be my focus for the new year. I'll write more on it later, but it all boils down to this word for me...

"entrusted".

I'll let you muse over that one as well. It's become so very apparent and important to me in this season of life.

Love you, sweet friend. Maybe we can talk sometime this week.

peace~elaine

Just a little something from Judy said...

It truly is all because of God's abounding grace to us. To me it all boils down to the fact that "He must become greater; I must become less." John 3:30 The greater He becomes to me, the more consecration is just what happens. This is so beautifully written.

Beth E. said...

Our pastor spoke about this very thing in his sermon this morning. He said he stopped preaching in his sermons for people to live a dedicated (consecrated) life for God, instead asking people to live a surrendered life for Him.

Great minds think alike, Sassy!

Rita said...

I don't want to be "churchy" or "preachy", just want to belong the the almighty King! Thanks for this post.

THE OLD GEEZER said...

Aren't we told in scripture:

Matthew 5:37 (New King James Version)
But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

We need to drop the "Christianese" and be honest with people and God. Of course if you tell God no, you may end up in the belly of a fish :-)

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

I haven't read Watchmen Nee in years.

Thanks for this post...I surrender!! I recently posted the new song "I Surrender All"...I guess God is confirming something in my spirit..thanks for sharing.

Runner Mom said...

Wow! This one really touched the heart strings. As always, thank you for digging deep and having us dig along beside you.
Hugs!
Susan