“As the One who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; for it is written, ‘Be holy, because I am holy’ ” (1 Peter 1:15-16, HCSB).
Peter wrote, “As the One who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; for it is written, ‘Be holy, because I am holy’ ” (1 Peter 1:15-16, HCSB). That’s what consecration is all about: becoming holy, clean, pure, and righteous like God. Paul said, “Those He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son” (Romans 8:29, HCSB). God wants you to be holy as Christ is holy. Consecrate yourself by putting away everything that is unholy or even questionable.
❍ Prayerfully read through the following list and ask God’s Holy Spirit to convict you of any unholy or questionable activities or attitudes that need to change. If He reveals something, agree with Him about your sin and repent (quit doing it; change your ways).
□ Put away lust and impurities of the mind.
□ Put away all forms of sexual immorality.
□ Put away lying, filthy language, slander, or hurtful words.
□ Put away anger, rage, malice, prejudice, and racism.
□ Put away sinful attitudes and behaviors that are not like Christ.
Some of these sinful patterns may seem impossible to put away. But Jesus Christ won victory over sin by His death and resurrection. You can ask God to help you live in the reality of Romans 6, which teaches that we have died to sin. We have been set free from sin and the power of sin. If you still frequently struggle with one or more sins, “confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed” (James 5:16, HCSB). Ask a brother or sister in Christ to pray with you for victory over sin. Be holy as God is holy!
In Genesis 35 God invited Jacob to a time of worship. This would be a time of sacred assembly for Jacob’s family, so Jacob prepared them:
Jacob said to his family and all who were with him, “Get rid of the foreign gods that are among you. Purify yourselves and change your clothes. We must get up and go to Bethel. I will build an altar there to the God who answered me in my day of distress. …” Then they gave Jacob all their foreign gods and their earrings, and Jacob hid them under the oak near Shechem (Genesis 35:2-5, HCSB).
If we are not very careful, we can be influenced by the standards of the people and culture around us just as Jacob’s family had been. We may tolerate or even embrace and endorse things that are impure, unholy, profane, unclean, or even wicked and evil. Over time our homes may be filled with such impurities. Take time to consecrate your home.
❍ Bring your family together to consecrate your home. Stop and pray, asking God to reveal to you and your family members things in your home that represent the impurities of the world God would like for you to get rid of. Confess to the Lord that you want to be clean and pure before Him. Give Him permission to clean your home of impurities.
❍ Imagine Jesus is coming to your home to take a careful look in every room. He will see the things in your closets and drawers. He will see the music you listen to and the DVDs you watch. He will look on the shelves at your reading literature. He will check out the refrigerator and examine your computer files. Nothing will escape His pure gaze. Ask yourselves, What is in our home that we would be ashamed for Jesus to see? These are the things you need to throw away.
❍ Invite family members to clean the house of spiritual and moral impurities that may have accumulated there. With a trash can or bag in hand, walk through each room, cleaning as you go. In every case let God’s Holy Spirit guide your consciences. If you have doubts or disagreement about an item, pause and pray about it and ask the Lord what He thinks about it.
❍ After you have collected the things that need to be disposed of, respond to God in prayer.
• Confess to the Lord that you have sinned by tolerating evils and impurities that are not appropriate for His holy people.
• Ask Him to forgive and cleanse you.
• Ask Him to set you free from any desire to hold on to impurities. Ask Him to change your heart in love and obedience to Him.
• Pledge to Him your renewed loyalty, love, and desire to please Him and obey Him. Thank Him for the purity and godly character He is bringing into your life.
❍ Dispose of the items that need to be thrown out. You may need to take them to a dumpster, burn them, or in some other way remove the temptation to retrieve them later. Do not sell or give away things that are evil, unholy, or impure.