Nearer to Jesus

And it was of His own [free] will that He gave us birth [as sons] by [His] Word of Truth, so that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures [a sample of what He created to be consecrated to Himself]. (James 1:18 AMP)

His Word of truth is a seed He’s planted in each of us. He wants it to grow inside us to cause us to birth fruit. In this verse they were the firstfruits, long before us, to be an example of what was to come…us.

A missionary who goes to Haiti or any other country long term are consecrated seems to me. They give up their activities and possessions and luxuries to go and share Jesus with people who may or may not be receptive. These missionaries have to be consecrated to the Savior, pulled away from the world unto His love that reaches out to the needy.

He created all of us to be consecrated to Himself. That means leaving the world behind and keeping his cross in our hearts.

The cross witthin

The cross witthin

But it also means we are consecrated or very near to His heart. Pulled away from everyone and everything and pulled tight to Him. We still live here on this earth, still have problems, but live in the healing of our Savior.


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