It is said many times throughout the New Testament that we are to be sanctified. There is also much mention in the Bible and in church tradition about consecration. I personally love words; the more syllables, the better. However, often times believers speak in Christianese, which might as well be gibberish to those unfamiliar with Biblical lingo (and let’s face it, sometimes it’s gibberish to those of us who have been hearing it for years). So here are a couple helpful definitions of words that are likely to surface if you begin a fasting journey:
- Consecration — Consecration is really the purpose of fasting. It is dedication to a holy purpose. In other words, when you fast, you are setting yourself apart from the things of the world in order that you may develop a deeper intimacy with God, and by so doing be more in tune to His guidance, enabling you to be used for His purposes.
Exodus 40:13 “You shall put the holy garments on Aaron, and anoint him and consecrate him, that he may minister to Me as priest.”
Exodus 32:29 “Then Moses said, ‘Consecrate yourselves today to the Lord, that He may bestow on you a blessing this day.'”
- Sanctification — Merriam-Webster defines “sanctify” in this way: 1. to set apart to a sacred purpose; 2. to free from sin; 3. to impart or impute sacredness, inviolability, or respect to; 4. to make productive of holiness
1 Thessalonians 4:1-4 “Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor.”
2 Thessalonians 2:13-14 “But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
As much as I love big words, I’ve begun to notice that it’s the little words that seem to make all the difference in Scripture. God chose us for salvation (God’s purpose for us), through sanctification (God’s path for us), by the Holy Spirit (God’s provision for us). As you fast and pray, meditate on these words and what they mean to your journey with God and your character as a Christian.