On February 11, we wrapped up Set 1 with a lesson on total dedication to God. What does it mean when something is dedicated? It is set apart for a specific purpose. When you dedicate something to God, you are saying that it belongs to Him and are making a commitment that it will be used for Him (Romans 12:1). When we dedicate our lives to the Lord, we setting ourselves apart for His purpose. God can do amazing things through those who live a life that’s totally sold out to Him.
The opposite of dedication is distraction. Satan tries his best to distract us because he knows that we can’t be effective for the Lord if we take our eyes off of Christ. We need to be totally dedicated to Christ and keep our eyes on Him. He must be our focus. That is what dedication is—constant focus.
God has given us a short window of time in this life to devote to His kingdom. A good way to gauge what matters in life is to think about what will matter after life on earth. What has eternal value? What does not? One day we will stand before the judgment seat of Christ. The pleasures of this world won’t matter then. All that will matter is what we did with the life, time, and resources He’s given us. When we stand before Him, will our life be wasted on ourselves? Or will He say “Well done” for a life well-lived in light of eternity? A good question to ask yourself often is “Am I dedicated or am I distracted?”
Being dedicated to God requires faithfulness to the point of cost. It’s easy to say we are giving our lives to the Lord, but we will find that this is going to take much endurance to live out. God has given us everything that we have. He gave us His very own Son to die for us and save us. We should want to give Him our lives out of gratitude. When we think about all that He’s done for us, how can we not give Him our all?
What does it take to be fully dedicated to God? God needs to have our heart. He needs to be our focus. One of the lies of Satan is that if we surrender our entire lives to Christ, it will take all the fun out of our lives. The truth is that only when we fully surrender to the Lord will experience joy.
Take my life and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee
Take my hands and let them move at the impulse of Thy love
At the impulse of Thy love
Take my love–my God, I pour at Thy feet its treasures store
Take myself and I will be ever only all for Thee
Ever only all for Thee
Frances R. Havergal
For our activity we did Bright Lights commercial skits explaining why girls should come! It was great to see each group’s creativity, as well as hearing from some of the girls how the Lord has used BL in their lives.