“But as He who hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of living.”
-The Holy Bible.
Several years ago, a young man who had not been living uprightly was in a market square to buy some foodstuffs. Prior to that time, he had been praying to God to use him as a vessel unto honour.
On that particular day, he had a sudden impulse to make use of a nearby restroom. The desire was so compelling that he dashed into the place. Alas, the restroom was extremely dirty! Instantly, the urge to get him relieved stopped.
Then God told him that just as the restroom was dirty and he (the young man) couldn’t use it, so also was God unwilling to use him because of his two-faced lifestyle.
Just as the story of that young man, so many people are not prepared to live a life of consecration for their Maker. Consecration is absolute surrender to God, spirit, soul and body. It means chastity. It also means separation—separation from things that corrupt.
Consecration is actually the foremost quality the real man is expected to possess. You are either consecrated or defiled. “…but as He who hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of living, because it is written: ‘Be ye holy, for I am holy.’” (1 Peter 1:15,16)
Daniel was a young man who was taken from his native land of Judah. Nebuchadnezzar had just conquered Judah and had ordered an official to bring some handsome and well-informed young men of nobility to serve in the king’s palace (Daniel 1:3,4). The young captives were given food and drink from the king’s table. But Daniel did not want to eat foods God had called unclean, so he went to an official and asked for vegetables and water for himself and three other young men from Judah. That must have sounded like a weird request. Daniel asked for a ten-day trial period. If after ten days they didn’t look as healthy as the other young men, they would eat as the others did. But after ten days, they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. To these four young men, God gave knowledge and understanding. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds (Daniel 1:15,17).
It doesn’t matter where you are, as long as you are consecrated, you will definitely stand out. As you live a holy life consistently, people may see you as weird, but they will eventually celebrate you.
There are no shortcuts to becoming great in life; you’ve got to pass through the door of consecration. “There are no victories at bargain prices,” so says Dwight D. Eisenhower. Consecration is not cheap; there is a price to be paid.
Beloved, are you caught up in the web of fornication, adultery, pornography, masturbation, perversion, lies, deceit, drugs, alcoholism, etc. and you want to be free? Then I’ve got good news for you. You need Jesus Christ to deliver you and grant you mercy. If He could do it for me, He’ll definitely do it for you too. You certainly need God if you want to be truly successful in life.
Dr. Edwin L. Cole has an excellent word for you:
“Joe was a football fanatic, a sports enthusiast and participant. More than anything he wanted to play professional football, but living for drugs, sex and pleasure took its toll, and he never made it. Then one night, he heard the command to repent and believe in the Lord, Jesus Christ. He did.
“Today he tells everyone he meets that homosexuality, drugs and all that goes with it are ‘not where it’s at,’ but that Jesus is ‘where it’s at.’”
Eloquent or not, I’m proud to be on Joe’s team.
You are a member of a championship team, or can be. True champions in life are those who consecrate their lives for the service of God. God has called you to be a champion. Don’t allow pollution in all you do.
That’s why this piece was written, so that one day someone else will say about you:
“I’m proud to be on his team.”
Don’t waste your manhood.
Choose the more excellent way.
Confess your sins right now to God and forsake them. Invite Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Saviour and welcome the Holy Spirit to your life.
Be the man God wants you to be—a man of God.
Welcome to God’s family.