Consecration To God
By Charles H. Spurgeon
“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before Me, and be thou perfect” (Gen. 17:1).
For a man to be thoroughly sanctified to the Master’s service, he must first realize the almightiness and all-sufficiency and glory of God. Brethren, the God whom we serve fills all things, and has all power and all riches. If we think little of Him we shall render little trust to Him, and consequently little obedience, but if we have grand conceptions of the glory of God, we shall learn to confide in Him most consistently. Sin, at the bottom of it, very frequently has its origin in low thoughts of God.
The man who feels that God is an all-sufficient portion for his spirit, will not look for pleasure in the pursuits of vanity; he will not go with the giddy multitude after their vain mirth. “No,” says he, “God has appeared unto me as God all-sufficient for my comfort and my joy. I am content so long as God is mine. Let others drink of broken cisterns if they will, I dwell by the overflowing fountain, and am perfectly content.”
O beloved, what glorious names our Lord deservedly wears! Whichever of His names you choose to dwell upon for a moment, what a mine of wealth and meaning it opens up to you! Here is this name, “El Shaddai;” “El,” that is, “the strong one,” for infinite power dwells in Jehovah. How readily may we who are weak become mighty if we draw upon Him! And then, “Shaddai,” that is to say, “the unchangeable, the invincible.” What a God we have then, who knows no variableness, neither shadow of turning, against whom none can stand! “El,” strong; “Shaddai,” unchangeable in His strength; always therefore strong in every time of need, ready to defend His people, and able to preserve them from all their foes.
Come, Christian, with such a God as this why need you abase yourself to win the good word of the wicked man? Why wander abroad to find earthly pleasures where the roses are always mixed with thorns? Why need you put your confidence in gold and silver, or in the strength of thy body, or in anything that is beneath the moon? You have El Shaddai to be yours. Your power to be holy will much depend upon your grasping with all the intensity of faith the cheering fact that this God is your God for ever and ever, your daily portion, your all-sufficient consolation. You dare not, cannot, will not, wander into the ways of sin when you know that such a God is your Shepherd and Guide.
Notice the next words – “walk before Me.” This is the style of life which characterizes true holiness; it is a walking before God. The Christian man is to put out and use the strength and grace which he has received. The heart of the exhortation lies in the last words, “Walk before Me,” by which I understand an habitual sense of the presence of God, or doing the right thing and shunning the wrong, out of respect to the will of God; a consideration of God in all actions, public and private. “The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes” (Psa. 36:1). But this is the mark of a truly sanctified man of God, that he lives in every place as standing in the presence chamber of the divine Majesty; he acts as knowing that the eye which never sleeps is always fixed on him. The saint feels that he must not, dare not, transgress, because he is before the very face of God.
Distance from God’s presence always means sin: holy familiarity with God engenders holiness. The more you think of God, the more you meditate upon His works, the more you praise Him, the more you pray to Him, the more constantly you talk with Him, and He with you, by the Holy Spirit, the more surely are you upon the road to thorough consecration to His cause.
– Adapted from a sermon.