In which there is a whole prayer about James 1:18

by Craig on December 29, 2010

The last two days have been all heavy digging into a verse. I got great stuff in my head, but I’m thinking – that with all the thinking – I haven’t fed my heart – our hearts. So this is my conversation with God about the “so what” of James 1:18. You might notice I tend to do this sometimes when I’m writing anyway.

“He willed to give us birth by the word of truth that we may be a kind of firstfruits of his creation.” (James 1:19)


All this talk of OT way and NT way of viewing a verse (here and here in case you missed it and want to peek). Am I putting you in a box? Don’t want to do that. If both ways of interpreting are OK – then why can’t I apply it all.

I was made by you. My mother and father – sure, there’s the DNA. But the spark of life, the magic of weaving a human from stuff, that’s you.

And your universe, so big, that’s you.

And the molecules, and atoms, and quarks – all you.

You are the spark by which everything begins and is sustained.

You created it all with a Word.

I owe you everything. I forget and think I’m all me. I see things through me, and speak through me, and it’s me, me, me, and also me. I forget that I’m a creation.

I. Am. A. Creation. I was made.

I’m more than me.

I’m you in me,

but I’m not you,

I am your creation.

Clay of the potter, made into a vessel. It begins with you and I let it end with me too often. It’s you. You above me, you above us.

And you did change me by that “word of truth”.

Who I am now  in no way resembles who I was going to be. I was yours before, but just like everyone is yours, because you made us. But now, I’m all yours, a slave, to you. I don’t want to be anything else. You purchased me, redeemed me, like a diamond ring in a pawn shop. I belong to you because I heard your “word of truth” and I believed.

Thank you.

I would never have known the depths that I do, or seen the miracles I’ve seen. I might never have been destroyed as I have been either. But broken to be made useful.

I get that.

I love that.

I hated it,

but loved you.

Thank you for your “word of truth”. I don’t say it enough. I thank you all the time for forgiveness, but not for how I learned of that forgiveness.

And I’m surrounded by a cloud of witnesses. I’m not just one isolated person who believes. I have brothers and sisters and generations going back past 2,000 years to James,

and 3,000 years and David,

and maybe 5,ooo years and Abraham and Sarah

and untold years to Noah,

and Enoch,

and Eve, and Adam.

I need to act like I’m family and believe like I’m family. Help me be like family, help me look like you. I need to look like you. I don’t look enough like you.

And my life, in private, and in public, and here in this internet area, I want it to be an offering to you. But I don’t seem to want that all the time. Too many times I want it to be an offering to me.

But it can’t be.

You don’t give offerings to creations,

you give them to Creators.

So simple.

Help me remember.

Help me




There ya go. There is a “so what” to James 1:18 besides just “blah blah” theology. Praying it is the easy part. Writing as you pray – a little tougher. Living it – well that’s the thing.

May God Bless You

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Debbie December 29, 2010 at 1:37 am

Thank you for letting us come along as you prayed and wrote the “so what” part. :) I needed to pray it too. All the time. Please help me Lord to do that. God bless you, Craig and your heart for Him.


Craig December 30, 2010 at 1:52 am

It’s the prayer with him, after the research – that’s where the so what’s come from. Talking with him. Thank you deb.


Anonymuss December 29, 2010 at 1:51 am

Amen. And now, the walk…………………………… His power……………………………….

Thank you, Father, for stirring within us these words of truth through your faithful servant, Craig.


Craig December 30, 2010 at 1:53 am

A. You are nice. Faithful Servant? – no, me of little faith – but I try – thank you.


Melissa December 29, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Thank you for sharing so transparently. I love the way you prayed and wrote. There is no denying your heritage… It’s amazing what one Word of Truth will do. And to think we can all be filled to the fullness with all of Him if we but choose and yield…this is my prayer for the new year. Blessings, Craig!


Craig December 30, 2010 at 1:57 am

I love chatting with God about the Bible. I slip in and out of it when I write on this blog. This one is taking on a whole different personality than Deep Into Love. Thank you for reading Melissa. Thanks.


Scott Wolf December 29, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Thank you Craig for this Bible Study. I appreciate it. Thank you for allowing yourself to be so open.


Craig December 30, 2010 at 1:59 am

Scot, thank you for swinging by. I think open is the new black:) God Bless you – thanks again for reading.


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