To receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, a Christian must first consecrate him or herself to Christ’s service. So what is consecration, and how do you consecrate yourself to God?
In the New Testament, the English word “holiness” describes consecration. “Holiness” (hagios in the Greek) is distinct from “righteousness” (dikaois in the Greek). You are made righteous, or morally innocent and pure, in the new birth. But holiness is separating yourself from the world to be used solely for the service of God.
Specifically, holiness (or consecration) is taking on the Great Commission as your lifework. It is setting yourself to “preach the gospel to all creation” and to “make disciples of all nations.” Then, and only then, do you have the right to beseech Christ for the Pentecost baptism of the Holy Spirit. This baptism will empower you for fruitful and successful service.
Will you decide, that beginning tomorrow, you will change every area of your life–including your business, your family, your time, and your mind–so that it is entirely consecrated to Jesus Christ?