I love this from Chris (my lovely husband) who writes at Soterion.org (when he gets the time). I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
~ Sarah xxx
Another timely word from A.W. Tozer:
“This we have heard: “I am a born again Christian and I am happy that my sins are forgiven and I go to church on Sunday because I like the fellowship!” We ask: “Do you not go to put yourself in the way of spiritual blessing?” The answer: “No, I am saved and I do not need anything!” We ask: “Have you offered to witness, to pray, to encourage, to assist, to participate in your church’s life and outreach?” The answer: “No. My church seems to get along very well without my help!” Brethren, this “non participation” kind of faith is a strange parody on Bible Christianity. Men and women who say they are believers just cancel themselves out. Is it something we have learned from the sporting events? – the great majority are spectators. They come and sit! If there is any true spiritual life within us, God will give us a gift of some kind and the humble soul will find something to do for God!
In my time as a pastor of a church, I found myself continually grieved in my heart by this strange phenomenon of which Tozer speaks. Christians who were not willing to relinquish their own sovereignty to Christ, and then throw their “all” into the precious blood-bought community which Christ had generously placed them in. And this was unfortunately not a rare occurrence, no, regrettably this was the norm. Oh how my heart grieved over this. And yet, my dismay over this situation was also met with caution. Caution over self. Because I pondered then, as I ponder now, how much have I really thrown myself into this precious blood-bought community which Christ has generously placed me in?!