THE CLIMAX OF A CONSACRATED LIFE
As we saw previously, the first chapter of Leviticus begins with a vow. To have a consecrated life is necessary that we make true vows before the Lord; otherwise, our spiritual life won’t grow and our consecration will not progress.
We can use the illustration of a retired person, at the end of its professional career. Such person does not have more expectations or goals in his life. Jus stays in the house having nothing to do. For him, life does not have meaning. Analogy, a life without vows is a retired one, with no expectation of progress, or spiritual growth. We can be secularly rejoiced but never spiritually accommodated. Individually, we can make vows to the Lord: to read the Bible, to love the Lord more, to look for more spiritual growth, to bring more souls to him and to live for him. In the corporative aspect we can make vows of being built, more with the saints, to be more involved in the Church’s meetings and allow to be organically perfected for the building up of the body of Christ.
Leviticus 27:9 speaks to offer an animal to the Lord, verse 14 speaks about to dedicate a house to the Lord and 16 to dedicate the land to Jehovah.. Everything what we consecrate to the Lord becomes holy. For example if we offer our family to him, this will be holy to the Lord. When you consecrate your life to the Lord in experience you become holy, for him. When we heard of the consecration for the first time, our heart rises, and we want to give everything to the Lord; but a little later we become discouraged, because we take back what we have consecrated to the Lord, in the past, we had the same experience of consecration, and soon after we took again what we have consecrated. Sometimes we dedicated our life to live only for him, nevertheless just a short time later we are living for ourselves. Therefore, we think that this experience is only for supermen, the great ones, spiritual men. This is not truth. The Psalm 103 says to us that the Lord is merciful and full of compassion "As compassionate as a father is toward his children, So compassionate is Jehovah toward those who fear him” (versus 13-14). Certainly, in the registries of New Testament, Paul is an excellent example of a consecrated person. Nevertheless the same structure of Paul is in each one of us: dust.
Consecration and rescues.
God, in his great mercy, has provided us with a way so that we can grow in our experience of consecration. No matter if is the animal, the house or the land, whatever that we consecrated can be rescued. This is what happens to us. What offer to the Lord frequently we took from return. But it does not matter, God knows us and He is not discouraged, by it and we cannot either stop. Whenever we rescued what we offer, we will pay to the estimation but a fifth part, that is to say, whenever we consecrated something and we rescued it, something remains with the Lord. No genuine consecration is done away or, is lost. For that reason, do not be deceived by enemy of God, because he wishes, that you are discouraged with yourself and he doesn’t want you to have more consecrated experiences. It does not matter how many times you have failed, even now you can have a new beginning. Thanks to the Lord!
Vers. 20 says that if that the one who dedicate the land does not want to rescue it, never will be able to do it, is to say is of the Lord. Halleluiah! Our experience of consecration can be an experience "to give and take it back", but in each consecration the Lord gains something in us. This will be repeated until the day in which we do not rescue any more what we have offered -- the Lord will conquer entirely.
Vers 28-29 say: "Nevertheless nothing that a man owns and devotes to the Lord –whether man or animal or family land—maybe sold or redeemed; everything so devoted is most holy to the Lord . No person devoted to destruction may be rescued he must be put to death".
"The irredeemable" word means” it can not be redeem or rescue ". And in Hebrew is something like "destined to destruction, eliminated". Therefore the irredeemable consecration is without return, cannot be rescued. This it is the climax of the consecration!
In chapter 1 of Leviticus we see the offering of holocaust a calf that was on the field was brought to the altar. In the field, was serving the world. But there was a shift of position, now it is not in world but in front of the altar, totally separated for God.
This is the positional sanctification. A change of use took place. Before he was so useful to the world, with a brilliant future, but now is good only to be burned in the altar in order that will produce pleasing scent to the Lord. For that, it was necessary that it was slaughter, skinned and cut in pieces accommodating the pieces on the fire of the altar. After being safe we have a strong experience of consecration, when we give everything, what we are and we have, for the Lord. The experience of”giving and rescue ", begins, that is to say, we give something to the Lord and later we take it back.
Remember that you have already been divided in pieces and place it in the altar to be burn. The fire of the altar is slow. It goes consuming in order piece by piece. It begins with certain areas of your life, those that you consecrate the Lord, but immediately take them back. Yet do not be discouraged. Continue consecrating them, although you will rescue them again. To each consecration the Lord gains a little, until a day when He conquers totally. Then the Lord goes to other areas of our life. In this way”of piece, after piece", He conquer us until we are consumed, like an irredeemable offering. Then we will be single a handful of ashes to eyes of the men, yet a scent that totally satisfies God. Only then we will be one with God, in the mind, will and emotion.
The Lord Jesus says: I do not look for my own interests but not those of the Father. We also through the consecration can live such life that is one with the Eternal Purpose of God.
May the Lord have mercy of us, so that we persevere in consecrating to God every day, until he obtains each part of our being, in order that we become useful doing his will will. In the preaching of the gospel, or in the building up of the saints, we are vessels consecrated and useful for our Possessor. This it is the climax of our consecration.