CONSECRATION OF THE BELIEVER (Part two)

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AB2Praise the Lord for another day and for keeping us from one sun rise to another. From the rising sun to the setting of the same His Name is worthy to be praised. My brothers and sisters in the Lord and all our readers that translate this message into their language peace be unto you in the Name of the Lord.
 
Beloved readers, this is the sacrifice- this the homage of a true Christian. This is what God looks at, even the consecration of a man’s self. Oh, lay that heart on His altar just as it is! It may be a broken heart; it may be a bleeding heart; a heart still conscious of infirmity and sin; yet you cannot lay a more precious or acceptable offering upon God’s altar. “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” Oh, what a lovely spectacle is it to behold a young believer just emerging from the world, and traveling to Calvary with a trembling yet decided step, and there consecrating himself to the Lord to be no longer is own, but Christ’s. He consecrates his soul to the Lord, that the Lord may sanctify and mold it to His own image. He consecrates himself to Christ, that Christ may instruct, counsel, and guide him; and thus, by that act of consecration, he acknowledges and crowns Christ as his Prophet, Priest, and King.
 
Observe the priority of this consecration: “They first gave themselves to the Lord.” What right has an individual to dispose of himself to any one before he gives himself to the Lord? My dear readers, brothers and sisters, your first act must be a personal, voluntary, and solemn dedication to the Saviour. With what justice can you unite yourself, either to an individual or to the Church of God, before you have given yourself personally to Jesus? This is not about The Mystical Order but about Christ and His redemption to us.
 
Glance, now, at some of the motives which should move us to this self-consecration to the Lord. Christ will not receive a reluctant, an unwilling heart. It must, be a voluntary and loving surrender- a heart wrought upon by grace, and constrained by love. The right of priority which Christ has, weighs powerfully upon a renewed heart- “All souls are mine.” Ah! it is a solemn thought, my unconverted readers, that God has a right of proprietorship in you, and will not forego that right for any individual in the universe. He has a right to your faculties, to your property, to your influence, to all you possess, and to all you are; nor will He release you from your obligation to glorify Him through all eternity. But oh, with what holy delight does a believing soul recognize the obligation- “Lord, I acknowledge Your right; I yield to it obedience, and henceforth I dedicate myself to You.”
 
There is the feeling, too, of gratitude to Christ prompting the soul. When the believer considers what Christ has done for him- how the Saviour went after him in the wilderness- drew him. to Himself- took all his sins- wept, suffered, and died for him; when he remembers what a fullness God has provided for him in Christ- “all fullness;”- when he thinks of all the glory He has laid up in heaven for him, his heart exclaims, “Lord, I am bound by the greatest obligations, the deepest gratitude, to dedicate myself to You.”
 
But the greatest motive of all is, the love of Christ shed abroad in his heart. “The love of Christ constrains us,” said the apostle; and the love of Christ forms the great, all-persuasive motive for a believer to yield himself to the Lord. Touched by the Saviour’s pardoning love- were it through fire or through water- he exclaims, “Lord, I will follow You wherever You lead- to service, to suffering, to death, if need be, for You have bought me with Your blood.” ” Here, Lord, I give myself away It is all that I can do.” And if, my reader, these motives have been brought to bear, in any degree, upon your heart by the Holy Spirit, you can no longer refrain from giving yourself to Christ.
 
Trace some of the blessings which flow from this consecration to Christ. The first we quote is rest. The heart of the Christian, which has so long been a truant, wandering heart, at length finds rest, consequent upon this act of self-dedication to the Lord. After giving itself to God, the heart experiences a repose, a peace found nowhere else. Oh, the sweet repose the spirit is conscious of when it feels that the great question of possession is decided, and decided in favour of Jesus! It is a rest which must be felt to be understood. That peace passes all understanding- the peace of knowing that now Christ possesses His own, that I no longer live to myself. It might have been at the cost of plucking out the right eye, the severing of the right band; but oh, the peace it has brought! Now, Christ is loved supremely, and the heart is at rest from itself because at rest in Jesus.
 
Another blessing is safety. Speak of safety! There is no safety but that which is found in Christ. The individual who is consecrated to the Lord is safe. He has taken Christ as his counselor to guide him- as his shield to cover him- as his hiding-place to shelter him- as the Captain of his salvation to fight for him. Not a being in the universe so secure as he! He has become a subject of that kingdom which can never be moved. I am not talking of the consecration where man lay hands on you to serve the church. This is very personal with you and Christ and no one can judge that conviction. However, some people are caught up in themselves that they cannot see the work that God is working in them and among the believers. We are not our own, we belong to Jesus. Have a blessed day and come back for the conclusion tomorrow morning.
 

Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
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TO BE CONTINUED ……………….

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