“He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.”
– 2 Corinthians 5:15 NLT
If you grew up in a typical African home, you probably can relate to having certain plates, cups, and even spoons set aside for your father—the head of the home. Those dishes and cutlery were usually more expensive than the rest and were specifically for Daddy; only he could use them. In a sense, I guess you could say they were ‘sacred.’
This analogy paints a picture of the kind of consecration that applies to the person in Christ. You see, as believers who were bought with a high price, we have been set apart by God for His use and His good pleasure. Our purpose in life is to serve Him and bring glory to His name.
In salvation, contrary to the popular phraseology, we don’t ‘give’ our lives to Christ. Ephesians 2:1-4 tells us that we were dead, having no life to give in the first place. So, instead, we ‘receive’ the life of Christ when we become born again, and we get to live for Him in consecration.
Our anchor verse tells us that everyone who has received the life of Christ no longer lives for themselves but for Christ. Galatians 2:20 also tells us that we were crucified with Christ, and it is He who now lives in us!
As believers, this is one truth we must let shape our conduct and response to God. You ought to live a life that is consistent with your new nature in Christ. You must never forget that Jesus paid a great price for you; you do not own yourself!
As the Apostle Paul pleaded in Romans 12:1, you should “…present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” This means that if you understand what God has done for you in Christ Jesus, you ought to submit your entire self in service and worship to Him.
This statement, “living sacrifice” is oxymoronic, as the idea of presenting something as a sacrifice suggests that it is dead. However, Paul is simply trying to make us see that we must reckon our own selves as dead; that we now live for Jesus, and so we must live in a way that pleases Him.
Dear believer, the life you live is not your own but Christ’s. Therefore, it should be lived in total submission to His will. Know that all He has called you to do, He has enabled you to do by His Spirit within you. So, partner with Him to help you live a thoroughly consecrated life.
Bible Reading Plan: Deuteronomy 30-32