"This was the dedication offering" (7:88)...
He has and always will be The One who is totally dedicated to me.
Through the Blood of Christ, I am consecrated for my whole life - unless I chose to go near the corpse of sin and leave the covenant.
It is my choice where I walk.
Even though sin will pop up, still I am protected and given the gift of mercy and grace.
God has given me an escape no matter the temptation - it is my choice to run away from it or stop and entertain sin in my life.
He brings to my mind our dog, Neko, who used to drag up the carcass of dead animals he would find in the woods. He absolutely loved to wallow in the stench and decay. Covering himself with the filth and scent. It took everything I had to get him away from it.
Consecrated. What goes into my mind comes from what is in my heart.
It is my choice to put into my heart either His Truth or the lies of world.
He is my Helper to protect me from the attacks of sin in the spiritual warfare. As long as I follow His lead, I remain outside of sin. Unfortunately, I have/do/will mess up. I have and will stop to wallow in the stench and decay, just as Neko did. Even though He has covered me with His blood, making me Holy, He did not remove my free choice. It is me that moves outside of the covenant. He doesn't kick me out, turn away from me.
It is me who goes to the carcass of sin.
In a way that I can not comprehend, His love for me covers the times I turn away only to return to Him. His arms are always open in forgiveness, bathing me in grace and mercy upon receiving my repenting heart.
It amazes me that through Christ I am always a sweet smell to Him, even when I have wallowed in sin. How only His blood makes me as white as snow.
Striving daily to be totally dedicated to Him.