Today I read Numbers 6 where the Lord sets forth the rules governing the Nazarites. Essentially they were to avoid strong drink, dead bodies and not cut their hair while they were consecrated to the Lord. Now, this chapter does not state what a Nazarite does or why he, or she as I assume they can be women too, is consecrated to the Lord. I must admit that I don't really know anything about them. I remember Sampson was a Nazarite but that is all.
But consecrating ones life to the Lord is not a new concept for those who read the scriptures. Samuel was given to the Lord by his mother, Hannah, after she prayed for children. Jesus of course was consecrated to God. I'm sure several others were also. In our day and age, young men, and sometimes women, consecrate portions of their lives in the service of our Heavenly Father. For the men it's two years, for the women it's eighteen months. During those months these men and women are consecrated to doing the Lord's work and forsake everything including families, to serve Him. This is what it means to consecrate ones self to the Lord. To give all your time, talent and energies to the building up of the kingdom to Heavenly Father. It's a wonderful feeling and doesn't really feel like sacrifice at all. Until tomorrow.