Bible Exposition on Consecration — Matthew 10:37-39

Jesus with a man.

Consecration is the act of being entirely devoted and dedicated to God. Man was created to belong to God completely (Psalm 82:6). This was the situation in the Garden of Eden when the whole attention of man was consecrated to God until Satan deceived Eve taking the attention of man from God to the world and self (Genesis 3:1-7). 

At the state when man was in total consecration to God in Eden, they had fellowship and constant communion with him (Genesis 3:9). Without consecration to God, the fellowship and communion of man with him will impede. God knowing that man cannot be fully consecrated to him in his sinful state had to send his son Jesus to restore man’s lost fellowship and consecration with him. 

Jesus in Matthew 10 giving instructions to the disciples which he sent to the lost sheep of Israel taught them consecration in Matthew 10:37-39. 

In verse 39, “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.”

This does not mean Jesus was telling them to be careless with their lives. He told them he sent them as sheep among wolves and to beware of evil men plotting their downfall. He also encouraged them to be wise and humble (Matthew 10:17-18).

The verse is talking about the dangers valuing what we possess on earth more than God. These are worldly possessions and even the people we know on earth like family and friends. Valuing family and friends more than God will pose a hindrance to our consecration to God, “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me”-Matthew 10:37. 

We prefer our lives over God when we don’t give that which duly belong him. This include our communion and fellowship with him. If your business or even your studies take from your time with God in the study of his word and prayer, you are tempting God. That is not a life of consecration.

Lack of full consecration can cause backsliding. Jesus teaching this told his listeners to remember lot's wife who after being saved still had her attention in Sodom (Luke 17:32; Genesis 19:26). This is like some today who have been saved but not fully consecrated and still giving attention to the world and the things in it.

Believers are to take up the cross of Jesus and follow him if they are to live a life of consecration. They must have to put down and drop the “cross” of the world first.“And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.”- Matthew 10:38.

Taking that cross of Christ and following him does not mean we should neglect our earthly responsibilities, but it means we should always give what belongs to God to him including our time and resources (Mark 12:17). 
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