Romans 12:1: "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."
As we learned in our previous lesson, consecration is simply recognizing Christ's ownership of us and saying to Him, "Lord, we are Yours by right, and we wish to be Yours by choice." So, how do we consecrate ourselves to God?
The Bible tells us that we are to present ourselves to God "as being alive from the dead." God does not want us to offer our old self life to Him. It is the new life in Christ which God wants us to present to Him. Romans 6:13 says, "...present yourselves to God, as being alive from the dead..."
God cannot use anything of the old life. It’s dead. Only those who are "alive from the dead" can serve Him. It is only as we see that we have been crucified with Christ, buried with Him, and raised up again with Him, that we can truly consecrate our lives to God.
The result of consecration is that we die to our own plans and ambitions and live to do the will of God. The Lord Jesus is our Example. He did not come into the world to do His own will or to be great in the eyes of men. He came to do the will of His Father. Though He was God, He humbled Himself and took the form of a servant. He was obedient to the will of God, even unto the death of the cross. God now says to us, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus."
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