“Then Joshua said to the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do miracles among you.” – Joshua 3:5
In today’s church, we don’t talk about consecration often. It’s a term we recognize, but it sounds a bit archaic and religious. Yet, God calls his people to be set apart for the works He prepared for them. In the book of Joshua, God’s people have been freed from bondage and are on the cusp of seeing God do amazing things as they enter the promised land. But, before they can receive the promises of God, Joshua gives them this instruction “consecrate yourselves”. To consecrate means to dedicate yourself to the pathway God has chosen for you. It means to purpose in your heart to step into what God is doing and step out of what you were doing… to put the past behind and press into the new thing God is doing… accept the assignmentand give yourself whole-heartedly to it!
When I was called into ministry, God simply asked, “Will you follow me?” To be honest, there wasn’t a lot of clarity in that. No clear calling to become a pastor. No sign from heaven. No details. I really had no idea where God would take me, but I knew saying yes to Him would take me to places much better than I could take myself. Today as you fast and pray, consecrate yourself. When you feel the hunger pains or desires pulling at you, stop and commit yourself to God completely. Say yes and let Him fill in the details. Ask Him if anything is holding you back, and if there is… lay it at His feet and let Him decide what to do with it.
And here’s the great part if we’ll give ourselves wholly to His work “…tomorrow the Lord will do miracles among us.”God has great things in store for you and His church. Why wouldn’t you dedicate yourself to Him? Tomorrow is our Immerse worship service, and we expect God to move in the miraculous! But first, we must commit ourselves to His way.