|Dedication and Sanctification|
|Written by arkwriter|
|Tuesday, 25 August 2009 01:36|
DEDICATION AND SANCTIFICATION
The word “dedication” means setting apart for a holy use. Sanctification means growing in holiness or the process of making something holy.
“Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.” (Gen. 2:1-3)
There are three things that God did on the seventh day after His creation of the universe. First, He rested on it. Second, He blessed it. Third, He sanctified it, which means He made it holy. There are seven days in the Creation Week, but the seventh day is the only one that God rested, blessed and sanctified. The seventh day of the week has been dedicated and sanctified by God so that man can have a special day to worship Him. This is one of the reasons why God placed the Seventh Day Sabbath in the Ten Commandments. In the Fourth Commandment God commanded mankind to “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.” (Ex. 20:8)
When the children of Israel were in the wilderness God dedicated a fixed place for them to worship Him. “But you shall seek the place where the LORD your God chooses, out of all your tribes, to put His name for His habitation, and there you shall go.” (Deut. 12:7, 11). That was in the Old Testament time, but our Lord Jesus Christ has taught us a new and living way. We can learn something from our Lord’s conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well.
“The woman said to Him, ‘Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know, we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (Jn. 4:21-24)
Here we learn that it is not the place of worship that God cares about but it is the way that we worship Him. Our Lord Jesus Christ has declared: “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” (Mt. 18:20) God does not require a large congregation to worship Him. All He needs is just two or three believers who gather in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. It does not have to be a church building. Right now as the few of us who gather together in this hospital room the Lord Jesus Christ is in this place together with us. As long as we dedicate ourselves, our minds and our hearts to worship our heavenly Father in spirit and truth we have the assurance that He accepts our worship.
Children are dedicated to the LORD for service. Samuel’s mother Hannah dedicated him to the LORD before his birth.
“Then she made a vow and said, ‘O LORD of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of your maidservant and remember me, and not forget your maidservant, but will give your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.” (1 Sam. 1:11)
“So Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel had been established as a prophet of the LORD.” (1 Sam 3:19-20)
All Christians should dedicate their lives to serve the Lord Jesus Christ.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” (Rom. 12:1)
“For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore , whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.” (Rom. 14:7-8)
“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you.” (Phil. 1:21-24)
For a Christian “to live is Christ, and to die is gain”, but while living in this world we must dedicate and be sanctified in our lives to serve the Lord Jesus Christ.
“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thes. 5:23)
May God bless you
A sermon based on this article was preached by Paul Wong to a small
Congregation in a Hospital Room in Melbourne, Australia on April 30, 2005
This article was published on this Website on August 24, 2009
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