Dedication would not be different from taking a particular thing and giving that particular thing to another being for a possession.
In this case, the particular thing given to another being has become dedicated to that being – in the sense that, the being, which is given the particular thing – can now use that particular thing as s/he wishes.
Such is the life of a Christian, whose heart is dedicated to God – for service: the Christian would lose control of his or her heart from his or her will to the will of God, and the service in the house of God will seem no cumbersome for that Christian – no matter how tedious the service might be.
In 1 Sam 7:9-12, “And Samuel took a suckling lamb and offered it as a whole burnt offering to the LORD. Then Samuel cried out to the LORD for Israel, and the LORD answered him. Now as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines
drew near to battle against Israel. But the LORD thundered with a loud thunder upon the Philistines that day, and so confused them that they were overcome before Israel. And the men of Israel went out of Mizpah and pursued the Philistines, and drove them back as far as below Beth Car. Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the LORD has helped us.”
We could see some things that played out in this passage: Samuel offered a suckling lamb as sacrifice (an emblem of dedication), and cried unto the Lord (which represent service) in the face of
Samuel ignored the roaring battle cry and himself lifted his voice unto the Lord, crying, then God thundered upon the philistines.
I. HOW IS DEDICATION GOTTEN?
We have established the fact that dedication has to do with given something to a being for a possession: Hence, there must be initiation of dedication before it would ever occur.
Below are some avenues through which dedication occurs:
A. Parents’ dedication of the child –1 Sam 1:24.
B. Continuous relationship with God – 1 Sam 2:18-26.
C. Personal development.
D. Being conscious of the God-factor (in all that you do).
E. Having encouraged-supporters to work with – Eph 4:3-6. This simply means that you are surrounded by people that are encouraged by yourself – for their immense contributions to your service.
You cannot do anything alone, and the people that are supporting you deserve to be appreciated. That
is why you must encourage them.
II. WHY YOU MUST BE SUPPORTIVE TO OTHERS AND BE ENCOURAGED BY OTHERS
A. Hos 4:6, “My
people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.”
B. Matt 19:17-19, “So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments. He said to Him, “Which ones?” Jesus said, “‘You
shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.'”
C. Heb 12:14-15, “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of
God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled.”
What fact are we looking for in these three passages of the Bible?
It is the consideration for human personality. It is why you must support others and be encouraged by others.
If you want to clarify what this means, please go over the three passages of the scripture again.
Note: mutual respect (which enables consideration of human
personality) is needed to achieve collaborations, for effective work-relationships.
III. BENEFITS OF BEING DEDICATED
Now that we know the initiating stage of dedication and have established the reason for supporting others and why we must be encouraged by others too: We must also know the benefits of being dedicated.
A. For cordial relationship with God, while moving forward in His work.
B. For progress in all endeavours of life.
C. For noteworthy achievements (leaving a footprint for generations present and coming).
D. To have an effective replacement after one’s tenure has elapsed.
E. Maintaining cordial relationship with God will put one in the paths of righteousness, which will help one to make heaven.
1 Sam 7:15-17, “And Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life. He went from year to year on a circuit to Bethel, Gilgal, and Mizpah, and judged Israel in all those places.
But he always returned to Ramah, for his home was there. There he judged Israel, and there he built an altar to the LORD.”
In the light of this scripture, 1 Sam 7:15-17, your dedication is not to be a once in a life-time, but a thing of all of a life-time.
However, God’s face must be sought in prayers for the grace to work and walk uprightly until the end of life.
I want to encourage you to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, so that your name will be written in the book of life
in Heaven and for you to fully understand, as well as, enjoy the love of God.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, please come into my life. I surrender myself unto you, because I realise that I cannot save myself. Please save me today and let me continue in you. In Jesus name I prayed, amen.
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