“Consecrate yourselves and be holy, for I am the Lord your God. Keep my statutes and do them; I am the Lord who sets you apart.” Leviticus 20:7-8 CSB
Consecrated is a hard word to understand. Let me try to give you some simpler explanations. Have you ever been devoted to playing a sport? You watch it a lot, you practice everyday that you can, and you want to spend time playing it. Or have you been devoted to a hobby or skill that you wanted to learn? You gather the materials, watch others do it, and spend your time learning and practicing your hobby.
Consecrated means to be devoted to the Lord. We want to use our time, our gifts, and our abilities to serve the Lord. We want to learn about and tell others about the Lord. We want to help others; we want to be like Jesus and love others. We want to spend time doing the Lord’s work.
If you were christened as a baby, your parents consecrated you to the Lord. They promised to raise you so that you would know the Lord. When I write this blog each week, I pray that my writing will speak to someone about how awesome our Lord is; I consecrate my writing (since it is a gift from God) to the Lord. When my son learned to play drums, he consecrated it to the Lord by playing in the youth praise band.
This week, I want you to talk with your parents about what you might want to consecrate to the Lord. What do your parents do for the Lord? What do you already do for the Lord? And then I want you to pick one way or one thing to do that you can consecrate, or show your devotion, to the Lord. Think about your gifts or talents or something you love to do and do it for the Lord.
Blessings and joy as you consecrate something to the Lord!