*There is a term used in the Old Testament that is translated as consecrate. The word stems from the image of a Jewish priest standing at the altar to receive sacrifices from then Lord’s people. The term consists of two words, one meaning “an open hand” and the other meaning “to fill up.” Literally, it means “to fill up the open hand.” Obedient Jews brought their offering to God and filled up the hands of a priest with their offering, thus affirming that it belonged to God. Because God is holy, their sacrifice became holy. Their sacrifice was consecrated to Him.
That image sheds new light on Romans 12:1, where Paul writes: “Therefore I urge you brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”
In that context, there was a medieval ceremony where a king called his subjects to him for the purpose of pledging their loyalty and obedience. The word homage came from the Latin word for “man.” The “homage ceremony” occurred when the king was seated on his throne. The vassal would approach the throne with his hands pressed together and place them inside the king’s hands with the words, “I am your man.” The king’s subject was saying to the king, “I am yours; whatever I need to do, I am your servant.
This led to Christians of the medieval period to ponder the meaning of that homage ceremony. “If this is the promise that I am willing to speak to a king on earth, then, even more, I need to do that for the Lord of lords.” Thus they developed a prayer posture that was the same as the homage posture, kneeling before God with hands pressed together and head bowed as they imagined kneeling before King Jesus on His throne, with their hands in the middle of his nail-scarred hands. They reasoned, the Lord was saying to them: “Today I want your life, not part of it, but all of it. I have purchased you, and you are mine.”
Lord of lords
Therefore, in prayer we can come as often as we need to the throne of God with a prayer of personal consecration. “King Jesus, I’m your man! I am your woman! My time is yours! My possessions are yours! My career is yours! My dreams are yours! My finances are yours! My reputation is yours! My health is yours! Command me today, and I will obey you!”
**From An Interview with Claude V. King on Consecration
Authentic medieval Jesus followers wanted their lives to be holy, consecrated to the Lord alone. How about you? What about your home? Are all things in your life consecrated wholly to the Lord?