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  • Writer's pictureRenikko Bivens

Living a Life of Consecration

Living a Life of Consecration

Understanding Consecration

Some people choose to live consecrated lives, like Elisha, while others are called to a life of consecration, like John the Baptist, as part of their ministry and assignment. Still, some of the basic tenets of Christianity require a level of consecration from all professed believers.

Consecration involves dedicating oneself, one's actions, and one's resources entirely to God's service. It's about setting apart aspects of life for divine purposes, whether it's time, talent, or possessions. Throughout history, individuals have demonstrated remarkable commitment to consecration, serving as examples for believers today. Let's explore how figures like Elisha and John the Baptist lived consecrated lives and what it means for us as modern-day Christians.

Choosing Consecration (Elisha)

Elisha, the protege of the prophet Elijah, exemplified a consecrated life through his unwavering commitment to God. Elisha chose a life of solitude, separate from worldly distractions, and devoted himself to communion, obedience, and faithfulness to God. His close walk with God was evident throughout his life.

Elisha spent a significant amount of time learning from Elijah, hoping to receive a double portion of his anointing. Elijah informed Elisha that he could inherit his mantle only if he witnessed Elijah's departure when the Lord took him away (2 Kings 2:9-10).

Despite the seemingly impossible task set before him, Elisha remained steadfast, choosing to continue learning and understanding God's ways through his mentor. When Elijah departed in an extraordinary way—taken up to heaven in a whirlwind accompanied by chariots of fire—Elisha witnessed the event and received Elijah's mantle. He then took up the mantle and continued on the path he had been taught, with God's presence evident in his ministry.

Living a consecrated life requires sacrificing worldly pleasures, being set apart, and being holy to be suitable for God's work. Elisha's decision to pursue consecration brought him remarkable benefits. By choosing to walk closely with God and surrendering to His will, Elisha experienced the fulfillment of his request for a double portion of Elijah's anointing. He performed miracles and received guidance that impacted his generation.

Consecration not only fosters personal spiritual growth but also prepares individuals to serve as vessels of God's power and purpose in the world. It fosters intimacy with God, leading to a deeper understanding of His ways and a greater capacity to serve Him effectively.

Called to Consecration (John the Baptist)

John the Baptist was called to live a consecrated life even before he was conceived. Scripture says that John the Baptist came in the spirit and power of Elijah. John the Baptist was never to drink wine or fermented drinks and would be filled with the Holy Spirit before he was born (Luke 1:11-15). Like Elijah, he also spent a lot of time in the wilderness and solitude.

John the Baptist ate locusts and wild honey as part of his diet (Matthew 3:1-4). As believers, we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Some individuals may receive specific dietary instructions from the Lord and be called to lead simpler lives. I've heard accounts of people who felt led by God to stop consuming refined sugar and junk food.

Personally, I followed a strict plant-based diet for three years. This decision not only developed discipline and remedied ailments but also enhanced my overall well-being, both naturally and spiritually. The improved nutrition, combined with dedicated study time and prayer, provided me with increased energy to wake up early in the morning. This enabled me to spend hours in prayer and study before work, resulting in a truly life-changing experience.

Required Consecration 

For those feeling drawn to a life of consecration, the journey may involve separating from distractions and competing affections, surrendering to God in every area of life. Dedication to fasting, prayer, worship, Bible study, and intentional time with God may be necessary. Each individual's journey of consecration is unique to their struggles and circumstances.

Remember, consecration is about devotion and dedication to Christ, allowing Him to lead and shape your life according to His purposes. Embrace the call to consecration, trusting in God's guidance and provision every step of the way.

Conclusion: Living a Life Consecration

Consecration isn't just a historical practice; it's a timeless principle that remains relevant for believers today. Whether we follow the examples of Elisha and John the Baptist in choosing a consecrated life or respond to the call to consecration as part of our Christian journey, the essence remains the same: dedicating ourselves wholly to God's service.

As we surrender our time, talents, and resources to God, He transforms us, equips us, and uses us for His kingdom purposes. Let's embrace the call to consecration, knowing that through it, we can deepen our intimacy with God and find fulfillment in fulfilling His will.

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