I’ve been reading A.W. Tozer recently. He wrote some really good, challenging stuff. I’d like to share some quotes and will do so here over the next few (at least) Tuesdays.
His book, The Pursuit of God, speaks to what I feel may be one of the biggest things that holds us back in our Christian lives.
Our lack of desire for God.
“I want deliberately to encourage this mighty longing after God. The lack of it has brought us to our present low estate. The stiff and wooden quality about our religious lives is a result of our lack of holy desire. Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth. Acute desire must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to His people.”
That last line is quite provocative, isn’t it?
What do you think?
It seems to me that deep desire is all to often lacking. And I’m not pointing the finger at you. There have been times in my Christian life that I’ve longed for God. At other times I’ve been happy enough in relative complacency…
This next line is a zinger…
“He waits to be wanted. Too bad that with many of us He waits so long, so very long, in vain.”
The final paragraph speaks to a frustration that I’ve felt at times. Particularly, the reality that no ministry or program or activity can substitute for a deep knowledge of God. All of these things can be effective at helping us grow – if it is our desire. But none of them can substitute for that desire.
“Every age has its own characteristics. Right now we are in an age of religious complexity. The simplicity which is in Christ is rarely found among us. In its stead are programs, methods, organizations and a world of nervous activities which occupy time and attention but can never satisfy the longing of the heart. The shallowness of our inner experience, the hollowness of our worship, and the servile imitation of the world which marks our promotional methods all testify that we, in this day, know God only imperfectly, and the peace of God scarcely at all.”