ConsecrationBro. Ron Rupé
4/20/2003 6:00 PM
Take my life and let it be, Consecrated, Lord, to thee;
Take my hands, and let them move At the impulse of thy love, At the impulse of thy love.
Take my feet, and let them be Swift and beautiful for thee;
Take my voice, and let me sing Always, only for my King, Always, only for my King.
Take my lips, and let them be Filled with messages from thee;
Take my silver and my gold, Not a mite would I withhold, Not a mite would I withhold.
Take my will and make it thine; It shall be no longer mine;
Take my heart, it is thine own, It shall be thy royal throne, It shall be thy royal throne.
Take my love, my Lord, I pour At thy feet its treasure-store;
Take myself, and I will be, Ever, only, all for thee, Ever, only, all for thee. ~ Frances R. Havergal
"Take my life and let it be, Consecrated, Lord, to thee;"
If there will be a consecration, we have to make the consecration. God won't take our lives unless we offer it to him. He won't take it by force. You must offer it. You can take your life and use it as you will. As Christians, we don't want this to be the case.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
This song talks about more than just the soul. Every part of us is to be consecrated to God. "...which are God's..." We are not our own, but are God's. Your soul is not yours; God owns it. Your body is not yours; God bought it with a price. Your intellect is not to be used for your own profit or gain; it is God's. Your strength is not for your exploits; it is God's. Your hours, moments and days aren't yours to do with as you please; they're Gods.. Your talents aren't yours; they've been bought with a price. Your resources all belong to God. Your ambitions aren't yours. It's been bought with a price. What is this price?
1 Peter 1:15-19
But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
Ye know ye were redeemed with the precious blood of Christ. This is the price.
Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
"...he hath poured out his soul unto death..." This is the purchase price made for each of us. Christ didn't hold back any part of the price. Many times when consecrating to the Lord, we hold back part of the price. Christ poured out his soul unto death. He gave his whole heart, soul, mind and strength for our redemption. He didn't pour it out in reservation or measure, but he poured it all out in death. Since you know you've been bought with a precious price, and are not your own, glorify God with his possession - you. How is God glorified? By holy conduct, by passing our time in reverence. Our consecration just makes sense.
"Jesus has taken my load of sin, Such love no tongue can tell;
Then should I not resign to him My life and all my will?
Since he has done so much for us, shouldn't we give back to him? There's a debt involved in redemption.
For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
God is not indebted to us because of our consecration. This is not what consecration is about. Redemption is of grace. The debt is this: Our consecration is the realization that redemption has indebted us to God.
Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
We are debtors to Christ Jesus, who has made us free from the law of sin and death. Why was Paul saying that we are debtors? (O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? - Romans 7:24) We were in a wretched condition, but when Jesus forgave us, we became debtors to God. This is a debt of love. Christ poured himself out, and because of this "Reason and justice, my debt of love, demand that I should be, body and spirit and all I have, devoted, Lord, to thee." Even though it is our due, reason, justice, and our debt of love demand devotion to God.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
God does not demand what is rightfully his. He beseeches us to present it to him. God doesn't grab us by the neck and say "pay that which thou owest." He wants us to willingly present body and spirit to his service. He is waiting for those who are forgiven much to love much.
And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.
He wants those who are forgiven much, to love much. Christ poured himself out, and this woman poured herself out, because she loved much. "Can I behold the dear Savior's death and yet withhold a part? O can I draw one selfish breath, and not give all my heart?" Can you do this?
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
This is a scripture to be acted upon. He has something for us to do. He wants us to present our bodies to God. Have you done that? Come to God and offer to him what is rightfully his. It won't be given to God unless you do it. Bring it to God and offer it to him. What does it mean to be consecrated? What difference will it make to the life? It should mean something, and bring changes. It must have a significant point in time and make a significant difference in the life.
The consecrated have no desire to be conformed to this world. Their affections are set on things above. They love not the world and its things, and they don't seek these things. Their ambition is not the literal needs or worldly profits. It's not centered on things or on wealth. They know they can't serve God and mammon. They refuse to get entangled in this life. They desire to please God. If they become entangled with the affairs of this life, they can't do the work of God. Their focus is not their career. They feel their career is wasted time. They glorify God in both body and spirit. They seek always to please him. Others also glorify God for them. They bear the infirmities of the weak and please not themselves.
Have you made this transition? Have you presented yourself to God for service? Have you consecrated all you are, all you have, and all the future may bring, to God? Have you poured yourself out?
2 Corinthians 5:14-15
For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
This makes clear that God isn't demanding that we present our bodies. The love of Chris should constrain (compel) us to do this. It should motivate us to pour out ourselves and live to him who died for us. Does the love of God constrain you? Does it compel you to present your all to his service?
"We must be holy as he is pure, For this the Savior died; Talents and time and all earthly store To God be sanctified."
"Holy, dear brethren, we must be holy, Living before the throne;
Self and possessions, all must be truly, given to God alone."