Thursday, February 06, 2014
True Consecration Is Submission to the Will of the LORD, Not Religious Duties
"It is the Lord's will. Let Him do what He thinks best." 1 Samuel 3:18
The heart of consecration is not devotion to this or that kind of service for Christ--but devotion to the Divine will, whatever God may ordain. It may not be any form of activity--sometimes it is quiet waiting. Consecration is not bringing a great many souls to Christ, attending a great many religious meetings, or teaching or preaching.
Some weary one, shut away in the darkness, in the chamber of pain, may be illustrating true consecration far more beautifully than those whose hands are fullest of Christian activities in the bustling world.
Consecration is devotion to the will of God. It is readiness to do, not what we want to do in His service--but what He gives us to do.
"Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return there. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away! Blessed be the name of the LORD!" Job 1:21
"Father, if You are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from Me. Nevertheless, I want Your will to be done, not Mine!" Luke 22:42
"Let the Lord's will be done!" Acts 21:14
Your way, not mine, O Lord,
However dark it be,
Lead me by Your own hand,
Choose out the path for me.
I dare not choose my lot,
I would not, if I might;
Choose for me, my God;
So shall I walk aright!
(J.R. Miller, "The Shining Light" 1911)