The Consecration to God: Nehemiah 10:28-29
“Now the rest of the people—the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, the Nethinim, and all those who had separated themselves from the peoples of the lands to the Law of God, their wives, their sons, and their daughters, everyone who had knowledge and understanding— these joined with their brethren, their nobles, and entered into a curse and an oath to walk in God’s Law, which was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the Lord our Lord, and His ordinances and His statutes”
One of the qualities for God’s people is consecration. The word consecrate means “to be set apart” or “set apart for a particular position.” That is, we have chosen to set ourselves apart to the office of God’s servants. We are willingly setting ourselves in a place to be the called-out servants of God.
When a young man or woman decides that he or she is ready and willing to participate in our nation’s military, he will generally go to a local recruiting office, fill out paperwork, and commit his or herself to the office of soldier. No one forces him. No one conscripts him in America. Soldiers in America’s army are volunteers. They volunteer to set themselves apart to the office of American Soldier.
When God’s people are truly set apart, they are consecrated to say, think, and do that which is for the Kingdom of Christ. When one is consecrated to Christ, his intentions and motives are different. When one is consecrated to Christ, his response to life is different. When one is consecrated to Christ, her reactions to life’s challenges are different.
The Separation from the World: Nehemiah 10:30-31
We would not give our daughters as wives to the peoples of the land, nor take their daughters for our sons; if the peoples of the land brought wares or any grain to sell on the Sabbath day, we would not buy it from them on the Sabbath, or on a holy day; and we would forego the seventh year’s produce and the exacting of every debt.
The people of God in Jerusalem were making a stand that they only wanted to allow their children to marry or intermarry with those who were followers and worshippers of God. One’s spiritual stance was not a factor for marriage in much of the world at that time, but God’s people were unique. They were set apart in living in the world but not of it. They were separating from the tendencies of their culture.
This quality of separation is when a man or woman sets his or herself distinctively apart from the world system. He or she now is making it very clear that there is something different. God has NEVER called His people to live apart from this world, but to live separate IN this world. The idea here is that God’s people live with a different motivation and different drive for success than others.
World reknown advertising executive Jerry Della Femina knows that advertising and publicity plays on the worldly drives of people. In an interview he was once quoted as saying,
“Advertising deals in open sores--. Fear. Greed. Anger. Hostility. You name the dwarfs and we play on everyone. We play on all the emotions and on all the problems, from not getting ahead -- to the desire to be one of the crowd. Everyone has a button. If enough people have the same button, you have a successful ad and a successful product.”
Christians must set apart and not have the same button as the world.
Are you driven by the fear of the culture?
Do you find yourself reacting & making life decisions by pressure from media?
Do you find yourself getting involved in dishonoring Christ because of world pressure?
When God’s people are set apart, there is a separation from the ways, motives, and goals of the world. How about you?