“As you come to Him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to Him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a temple of the Spirit to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says: ‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.’” 1 Peter 2
Leviticus 11:44 “I am the Lord your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy.”
Exodus 30:29 “You shall consecrate them so they will be most holy, and whatever touches them will be holy.”
Consecration: the state of being dedicated to a sacred purpose.
1. …dedication to the service and worship of God.
2. the act of giving the sacramental character to the Eucharistic elements of bread and wine…
3. ordination to a sacred office…
Jesus, whose entire life was an act of love for God and then for us, spent his final week examined, anointed, and then willingly, sacrificially, crucified. The consecration of His own life resulted in an outflow of holiness and love mingled with His blood that still covers us today.
As we come to Him believing and offer our lives to Him as living sacrifices – sinful and marred though we be – we become holy simply because His life is touching us. Then, as we willingly dedicate our lives to God simply because He loves us, we become consecrated to God. We become the bread blessed, broken and given away to a hungry and dying world. We become a holy priesthood offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. We become living stones built into a temple of the Spirit for the daily service and worship of God. And instead of being corrupted by the world, we consecrate whatever we touch because Jesus is touching us. God’s love and power flow through Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, through us, and out into the world today.
We are – you are – the consecrated Body of Christ: beloved, blessed, anointed, sacrificial, resurrected, serving, forgiving, healing, loving, worshippers of the living God in Jesus.