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“Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord, by the pow’r of grace divine; Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope, and my will be lost in Thine”.                                                                              

Consecration is the act of setting apart anyone or anything exclusively for service to God. In the scriptures, consecration is also referred to as: (1) ceremonially clean, (2) purified, (3) sanctified, (4) Set apart, and (5) anointed.

Consecration is essential to God honored/God directed ministry. The scriptures clarify the importance of being set apart. God set apart:

  • The nation of Israel – Exodus 19:5 and 6
  • The first born of both man and beast – Exodus 13:1
  • The first fruit of the land – Exodus 23:19
  • The tithe – Deuteronomy 26:12-13a
  • The formula for the incense used in worship

God consecrated people, some for specific short-term assignments, such as Gideon, and others for life-long assignments, such as the Levites. There were those who chose to take a vow of consecration, such as Jephthah (Judges 11:30-31; 34 and 35) and Hannah (I Samuel 1:11) Volunteering to commit our life for God’s use should not be considered a light undertaking. Ecclesiastes 5:2-6 says, 

Do not be quick with your mouth; do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few. As a dream comes when there are many cares, so the speech of a fool when there are many words. When you make a vow to God, do not delay in fulfilling it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. It is better not to vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it. Do not let your mouth lead you into sin.

How do you know you’ve been set apart for the ministry of Jesus Christ?

  1. You have a shepherd’s heart. The growth of the people God has privileged you to serve mean more to you than the music they produce.
  2. You have a prayer and study life. As a leader, you are hungry for growth. You know that your people will never grow beyond the level of your leadership.
  3. You are keenly aware that the people belong to God and He loves them very much.
  4. You are meticulous about your preparation. You don’t wait until the last minute to prepare to meet your people. Your rehearsal sessions and Sunday morning preparation are very important to you, and you understand its importance to your choir members and the congregation-at-large.
  5. You select music that is theologically sound and biblically based. You understand the connection between music and ministry.
  6. You have a passion for what you do. You would feel like a misfit doing anything else.

The ministry of Jesus Christ has its challenges – there are peaks and there are valleys; there is hurt and sometimes rejection. But also there are rewards.

Ministry is the arena of service, not stardom. There are no spotlights, few accolades, and no applause. Consecration is vital if you are going to be able to push through adversity to effectiveness. Have you been set apart?

Contact

ELI WILSON JR.
Certified Life Coach 
Church Music Leadership Coach,
Composer, Recording Artist, and Author 
P.O. Box 680712
Orlando, Florida 32868-0712
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