Joshua 3:5, “Joshua told the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”
To consecrate means “to make or declare (something, typically a church) sacred; dedicate formally to a religious or divine purpose.”
When we consecrate ourselves, this verse in Joshua tells us “the Lord will do amazing things among you.”
I don’t know about you, but I want that for my life; I want that for the church I am privileged to serve; I want that for you and your life. But how do we get there?
I believe the answer lives in Psalm 15. David wrote:
Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
Who may live on your holy mountain?
2 The one whose walk is blameless,
who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from their heart;
3 whose tongue utters no slander,
who does no wrong to a neighbor,
and casts no slur on others;
4 who despises a vile person
but honors those who fear the Lord;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
and does not change their mind;
5 who lends money to the poor without interest;
who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
Whoever does these things
will never be shaken.
It’s 5 short verses that are loaded with very specific practices that we must establish in order to “abide” in His temple. To break them down
- Be a person who speaks the truth from your heart. Many people might say one thing to a group of people but do another when no one is around. God wants us to be a reflection of our heart.
- Don’t gossip; don’t wrong someone; don’t cast people down. God wants us to be uplifting. He wants us to speak love, not hatred.
- Support those who love God. Christians need to uphold one another. God calls us to be people of our word, even when it is difficult to keep our commitments.
- Deal fairly with your money. We shouldn’t make money off those who are weak and poor. We do not wrong those who are innocent.
David finishes with this, “Whoever does these things will never be shaken.”
Where are you on this list? What can you do to become closer to consecration? Pray about what you need to do so that you will never be shaken. Ask God to help you become the man or woman God intended for you to be.