Our Lord deserves our adoration. Today the need among the believers is more love and greater consecration. Consecration is the very beginning and ending of the expression of love. Where there is love, there must be consecration.
LOVE is the motive power of consecration. There are slaves who realize that the authority over their lives is in the hand of their masters, and they clench their teeth in bitterness of soul to serve them. They have no love for those who own them. But you may remember that we are told in Exodus 21 of a slave who at the end of 6 years’ service could have become a free man, but he declared, “I love my master…I will not go out free” (v. 5). Thereupon his master led him to the doorpost and bored his ear with an awl. By submitting to this, the slave said in effect, “For love of my master I want to be his slave forever.” He could have entered into liberty, but for love’s sake he repudiated his freedom. This is true consecration… Everyone who has had a true experience of consecration has at least once, but possibly many times, known the touch of the love of God. Without that touch of His love upon us, consecration is a bitter thing; in fact, it is hardly possible… Consecration is the effect of the Lord’s touch upon a life… (Witness Lee, Consecration)