Holiness: Week 2 - Devotion 3

When is a bowl more than a bowl? Simple: when a table is more than a table. Huh? Let’s explain a little . . . 

In Exodus, the Lord gives chapter after chapter of instructions on how to build the Tabernacle. To remind you, the Tabernacle was kind of like a portable church. God gave exacting details on what to include: lamp stands, bowls, tables, curtains, tassels, and so on, and so on. 

Now, the interesting thing happens in chapter 30 of Exodus. God goes through this long, virtually endless list of what to include in worship and how to worship Him. And right before God cuts Moses loose to go make it happen, he says something pretty cool. 

He’s talking about all those objects He’d commanded the Israelites to include in the Tabernacle. All the utensils, all the curtains. All of it. Speaking of all this stuff, God says to Moses: “You shall consecrate them so they will be most holy, and whatever touches them will be holy.” To consecrate means to set apart as holy. To set apart to be used by God. When is a bowl more than a bowl? When it’s been consecrated. When is a table more than a table? When it’s been tagged as “holy: to be used in service of the Lord.” 

You may not know it, but you’re more like the bowl than you realize. Apart from God, your life is pretty normal. But since you’ve been made holy by Christ, you’ve been set apart. Consecrated. Tagged to be used by God. When you allow yourself to be used by God, your life takes on a powerful new purpose. The question you have to ask yourself is, “Have I allowed God to consecrate me for His purposes?” It’s a question only you can answer. What does God want to do with you? How does He want to use you?

Emily Traylor