Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Littleness vs. Consecration

Consecrate: dedicate formally to a religious or divine purpose

“The littleness of Christians of this age results from the littleness of their consecration to Christ.”

~C. H. Spurgeon
Samson Conquered
a sermon from November 21, 1858

Do I live as a little Christian or a consecrated one? Am I small or dedicated?

Littleness is easily annoyed.
Consecration lets it go.

Littleness finds reasons to complain.
Consecration finds the good.

Littleness loses patience.
Consecration knows how to wait.

Littleness wants its own way.
Consecration thinks of others first.

Littleness harbors resentment.
Consecration forgives.

Littleness notices slights.
Consecration overlooks them.

Littleness is critical.
Consecration is loving.

Littleness is myopic.
Consecration dreams big.

Littleness reacts.
Consecration rests.

Sigh. I have work to do. How can I be consecrated? How can I grow up? What steps must I take to be more dedicated?

Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.

Romans 13:14

Consecration seeks.
I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. Psalm 119:10

Consecration finds.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13

Consecration clings.
My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. Psalm 63:8

The antidote to my littleness is nothing more than holding tight to God.

Join my friend MiPa at Miriam Pauline's Monologue for more thoughts on this quote.

Photo Credits: higetiger, urtica


Shelley said...

I'm thinking of joining this weekly group as I need a challenge - but I read the quote and thought - naaa - maybe next week I'm not that clever to write anything this week. I LOVE your thoughts and writing on this post YOU are clever and a beautiful writer and a beautiful person - you inspire me x

MiPa said...

Inspiring writing my friend. Thank you for this...and for all your love and care the last few weeks. Life is settling down and I'll be back to normal soon.