” A man is only as holy as he wants to be.” —A.W. Tozer
Our will is always a significant issue. Our heavenly Father never diminishes it, but it seems our will is inviolable and considered untouchable. The Lord brings us, but He will never make us, or drive us. There is a deep kindness in His mercy. (And I think I love Him more because of this.)
There is a personal burden on us; it isn’t too popular or widely accepted. But it deals with free choice choosing a life of remarkable awareness. He shares His holiness with us. It is one of those deep and certain principles– You can have as much of God as you want. It seems there are no limits here.
One of our personal issues is how we see life. Often we have gone with a “pie chart” mentality. We cut our life into sections, some are bigger and others are just a sliver. As Christians we feel noble when we give God a cut. But this mentality only accentuates the reality that His presence isn’t as significant as it should be. Really, if we are honest, the whole pie is His.
Moses is a profound example for us. He decides that he can’t live out an illusion anymore. He starts separating himself from Egypt. He escapes and becomes a shepherd. Many years pass, and the presence of God deeply overshadows him. He is led into an encounter with God. He embraces this, and we see God taking up this humble man as a confidante and a close friend.
Every person is as holy as they want to be. Will you set your heart under the stream that flows continually? Will you see yourself to be “set apart” for His purposes? He intends that you will be different. Set apart (holiness) for Him. Like Moses, we need to act on this idea, that we are quite different. We must understand this– we will never, ever mesh with the world around us. And you need to make this decision yourself.
- Celebrating the Life of A.W. Tozer (westernthm.wordpress.com)
- Book Review: From The Library of A.W. Tozer by James Stuart Bell (thewritelife2.wordpress.com)
- Making Decisions by Hearing God (wdednh.wordpress.com)