Discover the Book - May 25

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The Power of Consecration

Consecration is giving our bodies as a living sacrifice to Christ. That is what Jesus says as we open to Luke 9. The truth of consecration is: “Losers are Keepers”? God’s ways are so different than ours.

Remember when you went to school as a kid? Out in the playground you learn a lot of things that stay through life. Here’s one I learned at the Haslett Elementary School in 1962 as someone scampered off with my quarter that had fallen out a hole in my jacket pocket as I was hanging upside down on he monkey bars, I’m sure you have heard the same:

“Finders keepers, losers (what?) weepers”.  Right?

But is that truth for life or just for a moment? Well let’s find out. Turn to Luke 9:23-26 with me and follow along as we listen to what Jesus says;

Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. 24 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. 25 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost? 26 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.”

Only Two Choices On the Shelf

Pleasing God or pleasing our self is the constant choice we make each moment as we go through life.

There is no middle ground, no safe neutral spot.

Everything either pleases God or it does not.

This life of choosing to please God is called the life of consecration. Is your life given back in surrender and consecration to Christ?

Consecration means we give back to the Lord all of our life. Our body, our future, our time and all our resources – all are to be consecrated to the Lord.

Think about the direction of your life. What direction is your life headed? Is it pleasing God by a consecrated living sacrifice life, or is it pleasing self and trying to live for the world and still make it to Heaven?

So in God’s accounting of our earthly lives (which is reality and what will last forever) we see that—Losers are Keepers and Keepers are the Weepers!

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