Moreover, because I delight in the house of my God, the [personal] treasure that I have of gold and silver, I give to the house of my God, in addition to all that I have already provided for the holy house: namely, 3,000 talents of gold from the gold of Ophir, and 7,000 talents of refined silver, to overlay the walls of the buildings; gold for the things of gold, silver for the things of silver, that is, for all the work to be done by craftsmen. Now who is willing to [b]consecrate himself today to the Lord?” – 1 Chronicles 29:3-5
As a fundraiser, I joy in my ministry of asking people to take part in the Lord’s work. I must say this is the first time I see the word “consecrate” used in terms of getting ready to give. Since I am not too sure what that really means – I found this note that might help.
I. Service. This demands
- a settled purpose
- an active resolve
II. A willing service.
- A willing service is the only efficient service
- The willingness of our service is the only part that is absolutely required
III. An immediate service.
- Seasons for service are never absent
- Efficiency and pleasure ensue when service is performed in its own time
IV. The highest service. The service of the Lord implies —
That the mind is perpetually under the influence of Divine truth
The holy thoughts are actuated by the presence of the Spirit in them
Entire consecration (Davies, D.D.)