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t the beginning of our meditations   unto the LORD my God of that which
               on the subject of consecration, we   doth cost me nothing” (2Sa 24:24).
        Alearned that the word indicates        The writer of the epistle to the Hebrews
        a filling of the hands, in terms of service   challenges us, “Let us go forth therefore
        to the Lord. We also discovered that it   unto him [Christ] without the camp, bear-
        involves the thought of devotion and   ing his reproach” (Heb 13:13). Sadly, we
        dedication to the Lord.               know so little of bearing reproach for the
          We discovered as well that there are a   sake of our Lord Jesus. O, that we were
        number of motives involved in our conse-  like those early disciples, who, after being
        cration to the Lord, or in our service to the   beaten, rejoiced that they were counted
        Lord and the Lord’s people. We might ask   worthy to suffer shame for His name (Act
        ourselves what the measure of our con-  5:40-41).
        secration is, or how far we are prepared   We are also exhorted in the epistle
        to go, or how much we are prepared to   to the Hebrews to offer the sacrifice of
        sacrifice, as far as our service to the Lord   praise to God continually, that is, the fruit
        is concerned.                         of our lips, giving thanks to His name
          The  psalmist  asked  the  question,   (Heb 13:15). In the very next verse, the
        “What shall I render unto the LORD for   writer incites us to communicate, that is,
        all his benefits toward me?” (Psa 116:12).    to be prepared to use our own resources,
        The unjust steward called each of his lord’s   particularly in the form of financial aid to
        debtors and asked, “How much owest    those in need. He reminds us, “With such
        thou unto my lord?” (Luk 16:5).       sacrifices God is well pleased” (v16).
          When Araunah offered to King David    In the book of Romans, the apostle
        oxen for sacrifice and threshing instru-  Paul wrote,  “I beseech you  therefore,
        ments for wood, David responded,      brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye
        “Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a   present your bodies a living sacrifice,
        price: neither will I offer burnt offerings   holy, acceptable unto God, which is your
        ¹ Bible quotations in this article are from the   reasonable service [spiritual worship].
        KJV.                                  And be not conformed to this world: but

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