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AB2Good morning to my brothers and sisters in the Lord and in the power of His might. Let brotherly love continues and the peace of God that passeth all understanding shall keep us in harmony with each other. 
‘But first gave their own selves to the Lord.” -2 Cor. 8:5
It is not only the design, but it is the effect of the gospel of Christ in the heart of man to diffuse itself. Implanting a new principle of love, and subjugating the renewed powers of the soul to the glory of God, the believer from that moment ceases to be his own. That’s why we have to walk circumspect and know it is not about us but Him. We are not our own the hymn writer declares. If our professed religion has not done this, it has done but little for us. There was this great distinguishing characteristic in the religion of these Corinthians, notwithstanding the many defects of some, and the unholy walk of others, for, though the most gifted, they were the least sanctified of all the apostolic churches; it is recorded that, before they gave themselves to one another in church-fellowship, “they first gave themselves to the Lord.” I hardly hear this gospel preached fro the Corinthians, but rather portions that records that of sin declares in the pulpit. 
Let us consider this ACT of consecration to Christ- the MOTIVES which urge it- and some of the BLESSINGS which are its holy result. A casual survey of the world will convince any reflecting mind, that the great mass devote and lend themselves to any and every thing but to Christ. The world consecrates itself to itself, to mammon, to the creature, to ambition, to pleasure. Each individual weaves a garland for himself, that fades even while the hand entwines it on the brow. Such is the nature and such the end of all worldly honour! What an awful world! How ought we to look upon it with a tearful eye, with a compassionate, prayerful mind! Although beyond our power, except instrumentally, to convert, yet ought we not to regard it with that spiritual sensibility with which the Saviour wept over Jerusalem? Some people look up, some across to others, some look down on the less fortunate while all that is human nature we are to be looking to God if we are true believers. It is consecration time.
But there are those who devote themselves to a higher and nobler object. We are to speak, in this email, of a few who are consecrated to the Lord- “They first gave their own selves.” I must assume, and rightly too, that the subjects of this holy consecration have received Jesus as made unto them of God “wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.” Upon this foundation they dedicate their lives by an act of unreserved consecration unto the Lord. Mark what they consecrate- “their own selves.” An individual may give a portion of his property, and a measure of his time, and yet withhold that from God which alone is acceptable- himself. Will God accept any other offering while the sacrifice of the heart is withheld? Impossible! “My son, give me your heart.” Here is the promise “and I will give you the Kingdom”.
“God is love,” and God has attached an importance and prominence to love that He has not done to anything else. “You shall LOVE the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your mind, and with all your soul, and with all your strength.” This is God’s first and great commandment. A man may stud the land with synagogues, and yet retain a heart of deadly and un-subdued enmity against God. But this is not the case with the true Christian; he has brought himself to the Lord. “Lord, this is all that I can do- I cast my own self on You. Splendid gifts I have none, gold and silver I have none; but I have a heart to love you; and now, Lord, I take that heart, just as it is, and I consecrate it to You.”
What more can I do but to give my all to you this morning. We do not need to bring God off the throne to earth. Just surrender to His will and let Him take control. It is not how high you jump and how hard you can shout. That is not important until you are ordered by the Lord to do the above. Let me be a door keeper than to sit in the seat of the scornful. Have a blessed and great day in the Lord.

Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
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