As I was pondering what topic to discuss in this weeks blog, there was one idea that kept coming back to me over and over again.
The writings of AW Tozer have had the second greatest impact on my life, right behind the bible itself. His uncompromising view of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ spurs me on in a way that nothing else does. Whenever I read one of his books I find myself inspired to submit more fully to God and to seek after Him with greater passion. Because of the impact he has had on my life, I have decided to share a few quotes of his that I hope will impact you the same way.
1. "We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum."
- A. W. Tozer
I love this because it keeps me focused on our real purpose. We were not created by God to walk around trying to beg people to come to God. We are here under the full authority of Jesus Christ, to proclaim to the lost that there is a way to be saved form eternal damnation! God has never been interested in compromise. He didn't send His son to earth to die for just a part of us. Jesus didn't sacrifice just His hands so that our hands could be given to God. Jesus gave up himself in total so that He could redeem us totally to God!
2. "Salvation is from our side a choice, from the divine side it is a seizing upon, an apprehending, a conquest by the Most High God. Our "accepting" and "willing" are reactions rather than actions. The right of determination must always remain with God."
- A. W. Tozer
Time and time again God has found a way to put me in my place. To remind me that there is nothing that I have done that has been so unbelievably amazing or sacrificial that it has earned me anything from Him. I have never once put God in to debt towards me. God never has and never will owe me any favors or blessings. He alone is the starting place and source of all that I have in this life and the next.
3. “One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organization do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team.”
- A.W. Tozer
This may be my all time favorite AW Tozer quote. The mental image that it gives me is such an inspiring reminder that religion is not life. Jesus is life. When God first made man, He breathed life into him. Today, we still need God to breathe on us and give us life both personally and corporately. If God does not first breathe on us then our gathering together on a Sunday morning is nothing more than a useless act.
I hope these quotes inspire you and if they have then please, go out and get an AW Tozer book!
Phillip Reed is the Associate Pastor of Faith Chapel Ministries. His passion is to reconcile the lost to their Heavenly Father.