Steps to Christ
by Ellen G. White
Chapter 5: Consecration
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God's promise is, "Ye shall seek Me, and find Me,
when ye shall search for Me with all your
heart." Jeremiah 29:13.
The whole heart must be yielded to God, or the
change can never be wrought in us by which we are
to be restored to His likeness. By nature we are
alienated from God. The Holy Spirit describes our
condition in such words as these: "Dead in trespasses
and sins;" "the whole head is sick, and the whole
heart faint;" "no soundness in it." We are held fast
in the snare of Satan, "taken captive by him at his
will." Ephesians 2:1; Isaiah 1:5, 6; 2 Timothy 2:26.
God desires to heal us, to set us free. But since this
requires an entire transformation, a renewing of our
whole nature, we must yield ourselves wholly to Him.
The warfare against self is the greatest battle that
was ever fought. The yielding of self, surrendering
all to the will of God, requires a struggle; but the
soul must submit to God before it can be renewed
The government of God is not, as Satan would
make it appear, founded upon a blind submission, an
unreasoning control. It appeals to the intellect and
the conscience. "Come now, and let us reason
together" is the Creator's invitation to the beings He has
made. Isaiah 1:18. God does not force the will of His
creatures. He cannot accept an homage that is not
willingly and intelligently given. A mere forced
submission would prevent all real development of mind [p. 44] or character; it would make man a mere automaton.
Such is not the purpose of the Creator. He desires
that man, the crowning work of His creative power,
shall reach the highest possible development. He
sets before us the height of blessing to which He
desires to bring us through His grace. He invites us
to give ourselves to Him, that He may work His
will in us. It remains for us to choose whether we
will be set free from the bondage of sin, to share
the glorious liberty of the sons of God.
In giving ourselves to God, we must necessarily
give up all that would separate us from Him. Hence
the Saviour says, "Whosoever he be of you that
forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be My disciple."
Luke 14:33. Whatever shall draw away the heart
from God must be given up. Mammon is the idol of
many. The love of money, the desire for wealth, is
the golden chain that binds them to Satan. Reputation
and worldly honor are worshiped by another
class. The life of selfish ease and freedom from
responsibility is the idol of others. But these slavish
bands must be broken. We cannot be half the Lord's
and half the world's. We are not God's children
unless we are such entirely.
There are those who profess to serve God, while
they rely upon their own efforts to obey His law, to
form a right character, and secure salvation. Their
hearts are not moved by any deep sense of the love
of Christ, but they seek to perform the duties of the
Christian life as that which God requires of them in
order to gain heaven. Such religion is worth nothing.
When Christ dwells in the heart, the soul will [p. 45] be so filled with His love, with the joy of communion
with Him, that it will cleave to Him; and in the
contemplation of Him, self will be forgotten. Love to
Christ will be the spring of action. Those who feel
the constraining love of God, do not ask how little
may be given to meet the requirements of God; they
do not ask for the lowest standard, but aim at
perfect conformity to the will of their Redeemer. With
earnest desire they yield all and manifest an interest
proportionate to the value of the object which they
seek. A profession of Christ without this deep love
is mere talk, dry formality, and heavy drudgery.
Do you feel that it is too great a sacrifice to yield
all to Christ? Ask yourself the question, "What has
Christ given for me?" The Son of God gave all—life
and love and suffering—for our redemption. And
can it be that we, the unworthy objects of so great
love, will withhold our hearts from Him? Every
moment of our lives we have been partakers of the
blessings of His grace, and for this very reason we
cannot fully realize the depths of ignorance and
misery from which we have been saved. Can we look
upon Him whom our sins have pierced, and yet be
willing to do despite to all His love and sacrifice?
In view of the infinite humiliation of the Lord of
glory, shall we murmur because we can enter into life
only through conflict and self-abasement?
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