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Rev. Carl H. Kemp, Pastor

Dedication

August 26, 2007

 

What does it mean to be dedicated to God?

BIBLE READING2 Chronicles 7:1-22

 

KEY BIBLE VERSE: King Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty-two thousand head of cattle and a hundred and twenty thousand sheep and goats. So the king and all the people dedicated the temple of God. (2 Chronicles 7:5niv)

God’s purposes become our priorities. The temple was dedicated to God, and Solomon and the people prepared to worship him. Dedication means setting apart a place, an object, or a person for an exclusive purpose. The purpose of this dedication was to set apart the temple as a special place to worship God. Today, our bodies are God’s temple (2 Cor 6:16 NIV)  What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.").  Solomon’s dedication of the temple shows us that we should dedicate ourselves to carry out God’s special purpose (Eph 1:11 NIV)  In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,

(Eph 1:12 NIV)  in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory).

 

 BIBLE VERSE: So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, “We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.” (Luke 17:10niv)

 

Dedication to God is our duty. If we have obeyed God, we have only done our duty. We should regard it as a privilege. Do you sometimes feel that you deserve extra credit for serving God? Remember, obedience is not something extra we do; it is our duty. Jesus is not saying that our service is meaningless or useless, nor is he doing away with rewards. He is attacking unwarranted self-esteem and spiritual pride.

 

 BIBLE VERSE: Jesus told him, “Anyone who lets himself be distracted from the work I plan for him is not fit for the Kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62tlb)

 

Jesus commands our dedication. What does Jesus want from us? Total dedication, not halfhearted commitment. We can’t pick and choose among Jesus’ ideas and follow him selectively; we have to accept the cross along with the crown, judgment as well as mercy. We must count the cost and be willing to abandon everything else that has given us security. With our focus on Jesus, we should allow nothing to distract us from the manner of living that he calls good and true.

 

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