“Private prayer should be practiced by every Christian. Long periods of Bible meditation will purify our gaze and direct it; church attendance will enlarge our outlook and increase our love for others. Service and work and activity; all are good and should be engaged in by every Christian. But at the bottom of all these things, giving meaning to them, will be the inward habit of beholding God”
-Excerpt From: A.W. Tozer. “The Pursuit of God.”
All the activity of Christianity is good and right. God predestined us for good works. He calls us to community and loving others, but once we stop beholding the majesty and greatness of our God, it all becomes empty to us.
Many people give up on God and/or the Church because they think they’ve given it all they’ve got and didn’t feel or experience the life, joy, peace, or whatever else they thought they would. The missing ingredient that so many never see is experiencing the reality of God through worship and intimate fellowship.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord
And whose trust is the Lord. –Jeremiah 17:7
Not only do we trust in Him, but He has to be our trust. We have to know Him, not just about Him. This provides context and meaning for everything else we do.
I love this thought from Mr. Tozer that sums this idea up,
“Social religion is perfected when private religion is purified.”
Purify me as I gaze into Your perfection and awesome glory, O Lord.
What are your thoughts on this?
Welcome to week 14 of our book club discussion of the Pursuit of God (disclosure) by A.W. Tozer. We are taking a sentence, paragraph, or passage that inspires, encourages, or challenges and writing about it, and to fully digest this book, we’re spending two weeks on each chapter. If you have a response on your blog, add it in the link widget below and be sure to check out the other entries. Also head over to my friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter’s blog for another great take. Whether you’ve read the selection or not, please share your thoughts! We always appreciate a vibrant conversation.