Consecration To All The Will Of God
Series:People of No Compromise – 1 Cor. 9:24
Great sacrifice without reservation or compromise.
Successful Christian life consists of three essentials:
1) A knowledge of the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ by which words must be the final authority. John 6:63.
versus 47 And if anyone hears My words and does not believe I do not judge him: for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world
verse 48 He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words has that which judges him-the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day
verse 49 For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave me a command, what I should say and what I should speak
verse 50 And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.
2) Consecration to do all the Will of God as declared by the Lord Jesus.
3) Recognition of the Holy Spirit as revealer, guide, interpreter, teacher and empowerer. Without the Holy Spirit we would not be able to live in consecration to God nor have knowledge of Jesus’ teaching.
In order to consecrate ourselves to the will of God we have to know God’s purpose in Jesus Christ coming into the world.
I) The purpose-to establish the kingdom.
1 Corinthians 15:24, 28
verse 24 Then comes the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and authority and power…
verse 28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him that God may be all in all.
In order to establish His kingdom, Jesus gave us principles upon which this kingdom would rest. The principles of the kingdom of heaven are the underlying qualities upon which the whole structure of the Christian life rests. We must consecrate ourselves to these principles without compromise.
A) First, the kingdom is established in the hearts of men. The principles of Christ are established in our own spirit. Hebrews 8:7-13.
B) The purpose of Jesus is to make the church, which is His body, His representative in the world. Ephesians 1-22-23 “And he pull all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.”
The thing Jesus had urged upon men was to practice what he had done himself.
Philippians 2:5-11. Jesus was the King of glory yet he laid down all his glory.
Hebrews 2:16 He took not on him the nature of angels, but took on him the seed of Abraham.
He took upon himself the condition of mankind. Romans 8:3 “For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh.”
Hebrews 4:15. He can sympathize with our weaknesses because he was tempted in all ways as we are yet without sin. What did Jesus mean when he gave us the principle that “Blessed are the poor in spirit?”
Blessed is he who regards the interests of the kingdom of heaven above every other interest in the world, even his own personal interest. Blessed is he whose interest in life is only used to extend the interest of the kingdom. Blessed is he who has lost his own identity as an individual and become a citizen of heaven. Blessed is he who does not hoard wealth for himself, but uses all he has and all he is for the extension of the kingdom of heaven.
Luke 18:18-22. It wasn’t that this young man was coveteous and loved wealth. Jesus was applying a principle of the kingdom, the principle of consecration to all the Will of God to the young man’s life. The real miracle of the Holy Ghost was not the outward demonstration of tounges but it produced such intense unselfishness in the hearts of all that were baptized that each sold their land and estates and parted the money to every man as he had need. They were moved by God into one family. Their brother’s interest was equal to their own.
What did Jesus mean when he gave us the principle of Blessed are they that mourn? For they shall be comforted? Jesus is looking for intercessors. People who would stand between God and man. The figure is taken from the old prophets, who when a nation sinned, took upon themselves the responsibility of the nation. They put on their body sackcloth and on their heads sackclothe and in mourning went down before God for days, weeks, until people turned to God. What does the condition of the world around you, the fact that people are dying without Christ, that our generation does not know God or that our churches are becoming empty do to you?
It frustrates and saddens me to no end when people complain and find fault instead of going to the place of tears and repentance before God on behalf of others until their hearts are turned to God and God’s mercy is shown to mankind.
Closing: What is the Father God looking for in his people today? It is consecration to all the Will of God.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 “I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Why was Jesus able to resist Satan’s temptation in the wilderness? Because of his consecration to the will of his Father.
Why was Jesus able to go through sorrows and trials and disappointments of life-even ministering and blessing-while the world cursed him?
Why was he able to go through the agony of suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and present himself as the sinless, spotless sacrifice unto God at the cross?
If Jesus failed at any point in His life where He did not express God to the world, He would never have been able to be Savior of the world.
Revelation 12:11 “And they did not love their own lives even unto death.”
If the character of Christ has entered you and I, then it has made us like Christ. It has made us like Him in purpose. In consecration. His Spirit is imparted to us.
Romans 8:9 “Buy you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not his.”
This is much more than being born again. This is being like Christ in person, in purpose and in consecration to the kingdom and it’s principles.
Revelation 2:10 “Be faithful until death, and I will give you a crown of life.”
Are we people of no compromise? Have we compromised our principle of consecration to all the Will of God to do whatever it takes to change the hearts of men, to empty ourselves and to show forth Jesus Christ in purpose and person to the world and to the church?