“We must be concerned with the person and character of God, not the promises. Through promises we learn what God has willed to us, we learn what we may claim as our heritage, we learn how we should pray. But faith itself must rest on the character of God.
Is this difficult to see? Why are we not stressing this in our evangelical circles? Why are we afraid to declare that people in our churches must come to know God Himself? Why do we not tell them that they must get beyond the point of making God a lifeboat for their rescue or a ladder to get them out of a burning building? How can we help our people get over the idea that God exists just to help run their businesses or fly their airplanes?
God is not a railway porter who carries your suitcase and serve you. God is God. He made heaven and earth. He holds the world in His hand. He measures the dust of the earth in the balance. He spreads the sky out like a mantle. He is the great God Almighty. He is not your servant. He is your Father, and you are His child.” – A. W. Tozer
Anyone who has experienced the grace of the Cross, anyone who has thought long on what the love of the Son of God has wrought in their life, feels the Holy Spirit moving them to do something about it.
But what can we do? There is no “returning the favor.” But there is telling others of that favor. There is spreading the Good News, which is not only a good idea, but a commandment. The Great Commission. We who were dead in sin have been bought to life by the atoning blood of the sacrificial Lamb, and are called to tell others of the life that is found in Him.
But how? Where do we find the strength and the drive to tell others about Christ? Sheer willpower won’t do it, nor will dedication to a cause. Only one thing will ensure the power, the strength, the impetus, the joy of spreading the Good News.
Only in Him. In resting in Him. In desiring and filling our hearts and souls with Him. In reading of Him through His love letter to us. In recognizing the deep mystery of Jesus foreshadowed throughout the Old Testament, and the wonder of Him fulfilled in the New.
In connecting with Him through prayer. In learning about Him, yes, but not only knowing about Him … knowing Him.
The Lion and the Lamb. The Bread of Heaven and Water of Life. The Root and the Vine. The Son of God and Son of Man.
Lord of my heart, give me vision to inspire me, that, working or resting,
I may always think of you.
Lord of my heart, give me light to guide me, that, at home or abroad,
I may always walk in your way.
Lord of my heart, give me wisdom to direct me, that, thinking or acting,
I may always discern right from wrong.
Lord of my heart, give me courage to strengthen me, that, amongst friends or enemies,
I may always proclaim your justice.
Lord of my heart, give me trust to console me, that, hungry or well-fed,
I may always rely on your mercy.
Lord of my heart, save me from empty praise, that I may always boast of you.
Lord of my heart, save me from worldly wealth, that I may always look
to the riches of Heaven.
Lord of my heart, save me from military prowess, that I may always seek your protection.
Lord of my heart, save me from vain knowledge, that I may always study your word.
Lord of my heart, save me from unhealthy pleasures, that I may always
find joy in your beautiful creation.
Lord of my heart, whatever may befall me, rule over any thoughts and feelings,
my words and actions.