This past week has been devoted to recovering from sickness and sermon preparation. Consequently, my aim at reading, ingesting and appropriating the savory content of Tozer’s Pursuit had been temporarily postponed.
In my quest to internalize Tozer’s powerful primer on worship, the following are a few thoughts on his chapter Restoring the Creator – Creature Relation.
If conversion has done anything for the believer, it has aligned his being with God. The fall separated humanity from the Divine. Although regeneration, in all its life altering power reconciled the ruined sinner with the Creator, our present existence needs ongoing transformation, which demands an exaltation of His Lordship over all things. Tozer comments:
“The pursuit of God will embrace the labor of bringing out total personality into conformity to Him. And this is not judicially (mentally), but actually (experimentally). I do not here refer to the act of justification by faith in Christ. I speak of a voluntary exalting of God to His proper station over us and a willing surrender of our whole being to the place of worshipful submission ….
While we take to ourselves the place that is His, the whole course of our lives is out of joint. Nothing will or can restore order till our hearts make the great decision: God shall be exalted above.”
Tozer has challenged me to be a pursuer of God, while Jonathan Edwards has inspired by life:
“I have this day been before God and have given myself – all that I have and am – to God; so that I am in no respect my own. I have given myself clean away.”