Today’s sermon was on Phil. 3:4-14. Pastor Paul was particularly emphasizing v. 8:
“What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.”
And he quoted from A. W. Tozer’s The Pursuit of God:
How tragic that we in this dark day have had our seeking done for us by our teachers. Everything is made to center upon the initial act of “accepting” Christ (a term, incidentally, which is not found in the Bible) and we are not expected thereafter to crave any further revelation of God to our souls. We have been snared in the coils of a spurious logic which insists that if we have found Him, we need no more seek Him…
… I want to deliberately encourage this mighty longing after God. The lack of it has brought us to our present low estate. The stiff and wooden quality of our religious lives is a result of our lack of holy desire. Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth. Acute desire must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to His people. He waits to be wanted. Too bad that with many of us He waits so long, so very long, in vain.
My pastor, to sum up what Tozer wrote, said very emphatically that for a Christian to not want to know God further (after the initial acceptance of Christ), is like a spouse not wanting to know their wife/husband. How ridiculous is that? As humans, we inherently long for relationships, and we seek them out and work on them with the people we care about. But when it comes to seeking God, modern-day Christians are, for the most part, apathetic or complacent at best. There is no fire, no passion, no need to yearn for God, to thirst for an ever-deeper knowledge of Him. We have spurts of desire, but I dare propose that those “spiritual highs” are based on emotion alone, because they fade rather quickly. I do not exempt myself from my own statements. Busy-ness and life “get in the way”.
Oh dear… look at the time. Early morning class tomorrow. Shall continue this thought tomorrow.