Reviewing Stewards of the Substance If there was no one to be a keeper of the oil, how would that affect what happens in the temple? One possible area that could be affected was in . There are no shortcuts to true consecration. What does this mean to you? If there was no one to steward this substance, what affect would that have inside and outside the temple? Without someone to steward the cellars of oil the would be affected. Matthew 25:1-13. How could this relate to the parable of the ten virgins? Willing Consecration David asked the question in 1 Chron 29:5, “who then is willing to consecrate his service to the Lord?” The response from the people was a offerring. A voluntary desire to give of themselves. How do I approach personal consecration in my life? David encouraged Solomon to serve the Lord (1 Chron 28:9) with a heart and a mind. What does a perfect heart mean? From the Temple to the Cellar In the episode before we looked at how David set stewards over the different areas that would be important with the temple. The area we’re focusing on is the cellars of oil. The temple needed someone to dedicate themselves to this place of service. David chose Joash to be over the cellars of oil. Solomon’s Temple needed the cellars of oil. And our body, which is the temple of the Holy Ghost needs a cellar of oil (1 Cor 6:19). It’s that area of our lives that not everybody sees. It’s not up front and visible to other people. In this room, we’re devoting ourselves to God, but it’s in that secret place. This cellar of oil is where prayer, fasting and mediating on God’s Word can take place. This room (this cellar) is a place of . Cellar Consecration Entering into this room called “cellar consecration” is similiar to entering into the closet of . The cellar and the closet have some overlap. What happens in both of these rooms is not always visible to everybody else. The door is shut. And similar to the cellar (which is a hidden place), there is a time that we pray in . Matt 6:6. The oil from the cellar wouldn’t always stay in the cellar but was used for many purposes beyond the cellar (out in the open) such as anointing, light, sacrifices and trade. It might amaze us the things that come out of our closet of prayer. Pray to thy Father which is in ; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall thee . When we settle the issue and begin to sincerely consecrate ourselves to God, you can’t put a price tag on all the things God begins to add to your life when we seek Him (Matt 6:33). Hebrews 11:6 reminds us that He is a of them that seek Him. Let's faithfully continue keeping the oil. Open the door to that cellar of consecration in your life and diligently seek Him. Who knows what purpose God has for us beyond the cellar.