GOD’S CLAIMS ON YOUR LIFE (3)
“Therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1Co 6:20
God’s third claim on your life is consecration. It’s not a word we hear very much these days. It means “to be set aside for the exclusive use of.” You say, “But I have so many faults.” God’s not looking for perfection, He’s looking for willingness. The Bible says, “Every high priest [was] taken from among men” (Heb 5:1 NKJV). The people God calls and uses are all human and flawed in some way. Why would God call someone like that? Because they “can have compassion on those who are ignorant and going astray, since [they also are] subject to weakness” (v. 2 NKJV). You say, “My parents want me to go to Bible school and be a minister.” Well, there’s good news and bad. The good news is that Bible school can deepen your devotion to Christ and give you insights into His Word. The bad news is that your parents can’t call you, only God can! “No man takes this honor to himself, but he who is called by God” (v. 4 NKJV). You say, “How will I know I’m called to a ministry?” Fruitfulness! When controversy broke out in Israel over who should be in leadership, God told Moses to pick a man from each of the twelve tribes. That man’s rod was placed in the ark of the covenant overnight, and the one whose rod “budded” was the one God had called. The Bible says: “A man’s gift makes room for him” (Pr 18:16 NKJV). When God calls you He will open the doors, make the connections, and provide the resources. All He asks of you is a life that’s consecrated to doing His will.