Question: What is Christian consecration?
Answer: Let us use Romans 12: 1 as the main Scripture to consider for this subject:
“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.”
According to the Bible, the Christian life is meant to be progressive, leading one on to ever higher stages of development. Christian consecration, or dedication, is the third step in the Christian’s life – the first two being repentance for one’s sins, and faith in Christ, which enables one to become justified by faith.
Definition of Consecration
Consecration may be defined as a separation from the common and ordinary and a dedication to God. The classic example of consecration is that of Jesus, Who separated Himself from the common and ordinary pursuits of life, and yielded Himself fully to God and His service.
Who May Consecrate?
The privilege of consecration is by invitation only. It is not offered to the world in general, but only to those who are already justified by faith, referred to in our text as “brethren.” In this verse, the word “brethren” is a generic term that is used to address both justified Christian men and women, or Christian brothers and sisters.
Attributes of Consecration
Consecration consists of four attributes, all of which are indicated in our text (Romans 12: 1). They are:
The Consecrated Life
We might ask: Why should a Christian who is already justified by faith go on to take the step of consecration?
Although consecration is not a requirement in this life, this step is taken when a justified Christian develops a gratitude for, and appreciation of God’s mercy, His past favors. In the ultimate sense, all owe everything to God, including their existence and their redemption through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Furthermore, they recognize that consecration honors God, that it will uplift themselves and others, and that it will enable them to overcome evil.
Consecration is carried out by faithfulness in following in the footsteps of Jesus, the Christian’s greatest example.
The activities of the consecrated Christian’s life include:
Advantages of Consecration
The advantages of the consecrated Christian’s life are manifold, and include:
Note: Please find a more thorough examination of this subject in our article, Christian Consecration.