pastor of a fine country church. The chances are you have more ability than Uncle Henry. He was uneducated. He got saved late in life. But he consecrated all that he had to the Lord - his time, his wagon, his friendship - and that consecration resulted in tremendous spiritual outcomes in the lives of people he influenced.

You may have gifts or talents that you can dedicate to God. If you do, heíll be sure to use them. You may have a house that you can dedicate to God. Heíll use that too - for a bible study to meet in, or as a refuge for the needy. Maybe you have money that you can dedicate to God and use for his glory. I donít know what you have, but donít underestimate Godís use of it. God used 5 little stones in the hands of a small shepherd boy to kill a giant and rescue his people from certain captivity. God used a few small fish and loaves of bread to feed the multitudes. What do you have that he could he use, surrender it to him now and see what he can do with it..

B) Dedication of People
The other thing we see in the Exodus passage is the consecration of people. People being set apart for Godís service. Here we see the priests being set apart, but elsewhere through the whole of the bible we see people set apart to be prophets, leaders, teachers, priests, kings, etc. We are told by Paul that we are temples. Just like the tabernacle, we need to be consecrated so that God can dwell in us. Paul writes in 1 Cor 6:19
ďDo you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

And again in 1 Cor 3:16 - Donít you know that you yourselves are Godís temple and that Godís Spirit lives in you?

We are just like temples because if we are consecrated, God will be free to dwell in us - for we are holy.

Paul also writes in Rom 12:1
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of Godís mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to Godóthis is your spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what Godís will isóhis good, pleasing and perfect will.

Paul here is talking about being consecrated and there are a few things I want us to note from this passage...

1) Consecration is for believers
Romans was written to the saints of God in Rome. Here Paul urges them to be consecrated to God. In one sense, being a Christian means we become Godís and are set apart. But here Paul is speaking about consecration as being above and beyond conversion. Note however that apart from being believers there is no other limitations. Anyone can be consecrated. - the great or small, the talented and the not so talented.

2) Consecration is voluntary
Being consecrated, or being dedicated to God is a choice we must all make. Paul makes an impassioned