Colossians 2: 18 “Consecration to God”
Our sacrifices and self-denials must be according to
the mind of Christ.
Samson had no consecration. His life did not have true power. He didn't drink wine or eat anything that came of the vine. Perhaps he thought it was a great sacrifice. He was a Nazarite. This was a sacrifice. But there was no consecration. You must also have the vision given by God. 'Son of man, I am sending you amidst scorpions. Keep quiet until God opens your mouth.' God gave a vision to Ezekiel and Moses of the work they had to do. It is not your doing that is important but God's doing. You are only an instrument. Madame Guyon says, "He is the greatest and I am the least of the least." God is the greatest you can conceive of. And you are the least. Then your attitude towards Him will be very different. She developed spiritually and wanted her soul i.e., her intellect and understanding to die. The intellect is worthless without the Holy Spirit's understanding. It is totally inadequate without the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit takes hold of you, your soul dies and gets absorbed into God. When a drop of water falls into the sea, it gets merged with the sea. Its individual nature is no more seen. So your nature dies and God's nature comes into you. Your identity goes and you get the qualities of God who has infinite resources, power and understanding. He is unimaginably great with good plans for everyone in the universe.
Madame Guyon was once very vain. She was of noble birth. But God told her to give up that vanity. She didn't do it until smallpox attacked her. She was glad smallpox helped her to that end. What a noble soul she became! We are converted. Some of us have made sacrifices. Some of us have a vision. But are we dead? Don't we feel conscious of our intellect, education and family background? All these must go. 'I am the least of the least' must be our estimate of ourselves.
As you are growing in Christ, sacrifice increases according to the mind of Christ. Consecration increases according to the Scriptures. If we catch a glimpse of God's holiness, how small is our holiness! When Madame Guyon got absorbed into God's life, she enjoyed her life in spite of so many difficulties. Her parents-in-law, her husband and servants were enemies to her. She learnt to suffer and keep quiet. Sometimes servants trouble us and God teaches us patience.
William Carey came to
Vision, sacrifice and consecration must go together.
Holiness or absorption into God Himself is absolutely necessary. As we study
and meditate on the Scriptures, they work like a mighty tonic or acid which
burns up everything which is unworthy within us and recreates the divine nature
in us. One day you will see great visions in your prayer. God's purposes will
be revealed. Resources may not be there but God will provide. Carey worked day
and night. What losses he suffered! His wife died and one of his sons died. He
fought tooth and nail against 'Sathi' and the
throwing of children to the crocodiles in the
Some people with a fleshly mind conceive of some