My Consecration Today
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Romans 12:1.
God calls for whole-souled consecration to His ways. Our highest powers are to be carefully cultivated. Our talents are lent us by God for use, not to be perverted or abused. They are to be improved by use, that they may do the work of God.5The Youth’s Instructor, June 30, 1898.
We are to give ourselves to the service of God, and we should seek to make the offering as nearly perfect as possible. God will not be pleased with anything less than the best we can offer. Those who love Him with all the heart will desire to give Him the best service of the life, and they will be constantly seeking to bring every power of their being into harmony with the laws that will promote their ability to do His will.6Patriarchs and Prophets, 352, 353.
Personal consecration is necessary, and we cannot have this unless heart holiness is cultivated and cherished.7The Review and Herald, October 2, 1900.
Let your prayer be, “Take me, O Lord, as wholly Thine. I lay all my plans at Thy feet. Use me today in Thy service. Abide with me, and let all my work be wrought in Thee.” This is a daily matter.8Steps to Christ, 70.
The surrender of all our powers to God greatly simplifies the problem of life. It weakens and cuts short a thousand struggles with the passions of the natural heart. Religion is as a golden cord that binds the souls of both youth and aged to Christ. Through it the willing and obedient are brought safely through dark and intricate paths to the city of God….
How many times have the deep things of God been unfolded before us, and how highly should we prize these precious privileges…. The bright beams of Heaven’s light are shining upon your pathway…. Receive and cherish every Heaven-sent ray, and your path will grow brighter and brighter unto the perfect day.9The Youth’s Instructor, February 2, 1893.