Rom. 12:1-2 – Jesus desires for all of His people is a true heart change. He wants us move us from where we are right now into a deeper and more intimate relationship with Him. He desires that we from being converted to be being consecrated.
What does it mean to be consecrated? The word CONSECRATE means: to be set apart for the service of God.
1. A consecrated life is one that seeks to bring honor to the name of Christ.
a. Identified with Christ: Do people know you are a Christian?
b. Imitation of Christ: Do you seek to become more and more like Jesus?
c. Inauguration of the Holy Spirit: Does the Holy Spirit reside within your life? Does He have control of how you live?
Consecration is evidenced in the constant striving for the completion of Christ’s work within a person’s life.
I. Consecration means SACRIFICIAL living (Sacrifice your body): Jesus wants everything from your life. He wants your dreams, your desires and your disappointments. Jesus wants all that you have, all that you are and all that you will become surrendered to Him. This means that every possession is Christ’s not yours. This means that every moment is Christ’s not yours. Every effort of your life is Christ’s not yours. We are meant to live for Christ with every breath we take and love Him with every fiber of our being.
II. Consecration means SEPARATED living (Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world): As Christians we are to live above the influence of this world because we are to be influenced by God! Today, Christians are running back to the old life faster than ever. The truth is this: we are mean to live differently than the world around us. If society cannot tell the difference between churched and unchurched people, we have a serious problem. It is impossible for the church to change the world if we become like the world!
III. Consecration means SANCTIFIED thinking: (Sanctified transformation): The key to experiencing consecration does not come from our own efforts but instead comes from the work of the Holy Spirit within us. The Greek word here is metamorphusthe, which is where we get our English word metamorphosis. The transformation that Paul is talking about is from the inside out and all of this must begin with the mind. The mind is the source of both the thoughts and the actions of a person’s life.
What areas of your life need to be consecrated?
1. Attitude – God wants you to live with grace
• Harboring resentment
• Holding onto grudges
• Hanging on to garbage
2. Abilities – God gave you the gifts
• Selfish by using your gifts for yourself
• Satisfied with you are
• Scared to use those gifts for God
3. Actions – God desires you to live for His glory
• Things you do that just do not please God
• Times when you do what you know is wrong
• Treating others with less than Christ centered respect
• Talking in a manner that tears down rather than build up