Leviticus 20:7-8 -- Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God. Keep my statutes and do them; I am the Lord who sanctifies you.
In some ways, the day of someone’s wedding is sort of one of consecration. The bride and groom are going to clean up and get in their best attire for a ceremony of setting themselves apart for one another. They are coming with purity to one another for the sake of one another. This is a picture of what our individual lives should be for the Lord as well.
We read in our passage today, “Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God. Keep my statutes and do them; I am the Lord who sanctifies you.” We see the Lord here speaking to Israel. He is instructing them on what they are to do in order to live as His covenant people in the world. He tells them to consecrate themselves. This idea is to purify themselves, and set themselves apart for Him. This is a call to holiness of life and character.
The reason we are to be consecrated before the Lord is that He is holy. If we are to be His people, and walk with Him, then we too must be holy. A part of our consecrated lives is to keep His statutes and obey them. So consecration isn’t just about attending church or having moments where we come before the Lord. It is about living holy before the face of God each day. We live to obey and follow His Word.
Are you living a consecrated life? As the Lord sees your life, your thoughts, and your deeds, does He find you consecrated and set apart for Him? Are His statutes something you set before you as important to follow or do you follow your own desires? What the Lord desires from His people in the world is not our words alone, but our actions of holiness to live for His glory. Commit your life today. Consecrate yourself anew to follow the Lord and all His ways.
Reflection & Journal:
- What does it mean to consecrate something?
- How should the life of a Christian look when it is consecrated before God?
- What are some helps we can take advantage of to assist us in holy living?
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