April 11

…“Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”

Joshua 3:5 ESV

Ever want the Lord to do wonders among you? Here’s a requirement given: consecrate yourselves. What does that mean? Technically, they had to keep themselves from things that would make them unclean and do things like wash their clothes. We keep ourselves from sin and are washed in the blood of the Lamb.

To consecrate is to make holy or to set apart for the Lord. It was an act of choosing to belong to God, not just of decision but in some sort of action to show the decision, as directed by God.

I thought we could pair this with this verse from the NT reading.

…any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.

Luke 14:33 ESV

Being a disciple of Christ is an exciting adventure with wonders to be seen, but we have to be His first. If we’re tethered to the world, then our hearts aren’t His alone, and we aren’t free to follow Him and will make excuses to stay back when He gives the command, “Go.” It’s a lack of consecration.

They were frankly still a bunch of sinners when the waters parted, but they were obeying what they knew at the moment to do. God doesn’t demand more than we can give. Ask the Lord to consecrate each day, your family, your possessions for His purposes.