From my devotional reading this morning…
“Consecrate yourselves today to the Lord…that he may bestow upon you a blessing.” Exodus 32:29
Presenting myself to God “as alive from the dead” (to use Paul’s words) implies a recognition that henceforth I am altogether his. This giving of myself is a definite act, just as definite as believing in Jesus Christ. There must be a day in my life when I pass out of my own hands into his, and from that day forward I belong to him and no longer to myself. That does not mean that I consecrate myself to be a preacher or a missionary. Alas, many people are missionaries merely because they have consecrated their own natural gifts to his wok. But that is not true consecration. Then to what are we to be consecrated? Not to “Christian work,” but to the will of God, to be and do whatever he requires.
~ Watchman Nee, A Table in the Wilderness (June 14th).