Day 1 — Consecrate Yourselves
Sir Godfrey Gregg
Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” Joshua 3:5 (ESV)
I read this verse for seven days leading up to my consecration to the Office of Bishop and subsequently to every other elevation. It’s a declarative reminder that stays with me since that day in the year 2012. Looking back, that’s where I learned what it means to consecrate yourself.
1. To make or declare sacred
2. To devote to a purpose with deep dedication
I learned in those days that God asks us to partner with Him in building His kingdom on earth. To do this, we must “associate with the sacred.” We must live set apart from the ways of culture and the world. This is our intentional act of worship, which sometimes requires saying no to things we want to say yes to the things God wants.
God calls us to lean into Him, soak up His Word, digesting it daily. He also calls us to act in obedience, even when obedience requires sacrifice that feels like it is costing us everything.
The sacred is found in the sacrifice, and the wonder of God is found in the sacred. Let’s consecrate ourselves and then watch God do wonders among us.
How willing are you to say no to things you want to say yes to what God wants?
What is God asking you to sacrifice today that feels like it’s costing you everything?