1 Chronicles 29: 5,9
5“…Who then is willing to consecrate himself this day to the Lord ?” 9 Then the people rejoiced because they had offered so willingly, for they made their offering to the Lord with a whole heart, and King David also rejoiced greatly.
consecrate – give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause
willingness – cheerfully consenting or ready: a willing worker
So many things and activities vie for our attention and effort. So many things cloud our vision. The cares of this world.
Children’s activities. TV shows. Daily News. Bills. Irritating people. Disrespect. Apathy. Finals. Lost jobs. Rampant sexual immorality. Seemingly complete moral degradation all around. Wars.
A large task has been laid out before those of us who are calling upon The Lord even in the midst of all of these impediments – the advancement of The Kingdom. You know, the one against which the gates of Hell shall not prevail – THAT Kingdom. All of the prep work has been completed fully. It has been set in motion by none other than God Himself. The King has given His complete self in the process of establishing this Kingdom. The question that follows is ever before us. Who is willing (emphasis mine, of course, because although I am writing for others, I am really trying to persuade myself) to consecrate himself or herself this day to the Lord? Which of us is actively willing to be fully devoted to the building of this advancing Kingdom? Who is cheerfully giving their whole heart – thought, word and deed – to this eternal work of God? Who is willingly consecrating themselves to God’s eternal purpose?
The scripture above is clear. Consecration is founded upon willingness. Willingness brings rejoicing from within and from without.
Rejoice. You have consecrated yourself willingly to the purpose of God. Feelings are fleeting. Willing consecration is a solid, dependable choice. Everyday. Rejoice.
Rejoice. You are offering yourself and your talents with your whole heart. Every gift you have received is for the purpose of being poured out for God, turned over to others for the glory of your Father, to advance His Kingdom. Rejoice.
Rejoice! Your King is greatly rejoicing in response to your willing consecration to Him and His purpose. In the mystery of His creative work He has chosen to use human vessels and He takes great joy in their willingness to be consecrated to His purpose. Rejoice!
Willingly consecrate yourself to Him today. Willingly consecrate yourself to His purpose today. ReJOYcing follows.