He Dedicated Us To God
The Spirit Of The Lord
13. He dedicated us to God
Of being a servant of Christ Jesus to work for the Gentiles. I serve like a priest in preaching the Good News from God, in order that the Gentiles may be an offering acceptable to God, dedicated to him by the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:16
But you have been purified from sin; you have been dedicated to God; you have been put right with God by the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:11
This Scripture tells us that it is the Holy Spirit that dedicated us to God. We can see from this that the Holy Spirit plays a very important role in God’s salvation. Everything that God did, He did through the Holy Spirit. Everything that God is doing, He is doing by His wonderful Spirit.
To dedicate is to set aside and offer. We are offerings that have been dedicated to God by the Holy Spirit and we are acceptable and precious in God’s eyes. We are a chosen people, royal priests and holy people. Because we are offerings to God, we must keep dedicating ourselves as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to Him by constantly renewing our minds with His words.
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; 1 Peter 2:9
The Holy Spirit is still active on earth, dedicating men to God. He is still helping to convert men to Christ and He dedicates them. We need to realise that we do not have the power to convert and dedicate men to God. That power belongs to God and He does it by the power of His Holy Spirit.
When we, as men partner with the Holy Spirit, conversion becomes easy because the Holy Spirit Himself will convert, offer and dedicate men to God even as we preach. After dedicating men to God, the dedicated are expected to be faithful to God.
The dedicated must be holy
To be dedicated to God is to be dedicated to His word and will. This means that we no longer live for self but for God. The dedicated now belong to someone else to serve and please that person. It is a holy and royal dedication. Even though we are now slaves of God and righteousness, it is not a bad kind of slavery but holy slavery – slaves of love.
We are His sons and daughters but when the Bible says slaves, it says so because we are still in the flesh and must suffer discomfort in sacrificing our wills and obeying God. It won’t be pleasant to do the will of God when the cost can be so tedious and uncomfortable and whether we like it or not, we are to please God as dedicated sons and slaves.
This kind of dedication has the most glorious reward, more wonderful than any human mind can imagine. Jesus showed us the true meaning of dedication and loyalty towards God and He was eventually crowned with glory.
If we allow ourselves to live out the dedication done by the Holy Spirit, we will be richly blessed and crowned with His loving presence here on earth. We will also enjoy glories and pleasures untold in heaven.
The Holy Spirit who dedicated, washed and purified us is still with us to enable us live out that dedicated life. We must keep praying to God and relying on the Holy Spirit our helper to make us victorious in Christ Jesus.