“Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”- Joshua 3:5
“If you aren’t hungry for God, you are full of yourself.”- Mark Batterson
As Mark Batterson concludes Chapter 2 of All In, he states that anytime God is ready to do something amazing in our lives, He calls us to consecrate ourselves. Our fundamental problem, however, is that we try to do God’s job for Him (emphasis Mark’s). The exact opposite is true: God wants to do amazing things for us. That is God’s job. Our job is consecration. If we do our job, we can count on God to do His. Pastor Batterson then contrasts what it means and doesn’t mean to consecrate ourselves.
Consecration is not:
1. going to church once a week
2. daily devotions
3. fasting during Lent
4. raising our hands in worship
1. setting yourself apart
2. full devotion
3. surrendering all of you to all of Him
4. a gift from God and for God
Pastor Batterson emphasizes that Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard believed boredom to be the root of all evil. In other words, boredom is wrong. It’s impossible to be in God’s presence and be bored at the same time. The choice is ours- consecration or boredom. It is here, Mark asserts, where the battle is won or lost.
Today’s question: Has consecration or boredom been most characteristic of your desert, land between time? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: the new Short Meditation, “I Sing for Joy”