An underused word in the English language is consecration. Consecration is primarily connected to religious thinking. Maybe this is why the word is little used in the general culture. Sadly though, the practice of consecration is little discussed in Western Christian thinking.

When we read the word "consecrate" in the Bible we read two things: preparation for Kingdom service and dedication to Kingdom service .

The entire country is in a season of change. How does the Gospel invite us to live into historical moments like what we are in right now? Where does the Gospel invite us to deepen in love of God and neighbor? What is God calling us into in this moment? These are the kinds of questions to which consecration seeks answers.

You may have Joshua 24:15 hanging in your home. It is a beautiful statement, "But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

This is the conclusion of a statement of consecration Joshua challenges the people toward.
Consecration is an enactment of covenant renewal. In Joshua, chapter 24 , the people of Israel are gathered at Schechem. Joshua recounts the history of deliverance God has brought the people through historically up to the point of dwelling in the land of promise. In verses 14 and 15, the people are told to "choose whom you will serve" and "put away the gods of their forefathers from the other side of the river". The dynamic tension of rejecting other gods and serving only the God of the Bible is at the forefront of the challenge.

We are left with similar challenges today. Think through these questions:
  • Will we serve the gods of our forefathers which brought racial difference and slavery into this country?
  • Will we serve a political party or a social agenda at the expense of Gospel witness?
  • Will we embrace comfort from what was, even if it wasn't that good, over challenge from what could be, even if what could be brought the Kingdom closer to the lives of others?

2020 has brought Joshua's "choose this day" challenge right to the doorsteps of the Christian experience in America today. If people who call Jesus "King" do not set themselves apart for preparation to represent the Gospel well and dedication to live out that good news, the American church will find itself set aside ranting and raving about all of the social ills with little impact.

I choose the good news of Jesus. I choose the "Behold I make all things new" good news of Jesus. I choose the "even the gates of Hell will not prevail against Jesus' Church" good news of Jesus. I choose the "well done good and faithful servant, enter into your reward" good news of Jesus.

What do you choose? 

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