The Tozer Anthology
As reported in the July/Aug 2015 issue.
Compiled by Harry Verploegh
God wants us to worship Him. He does not need us for He could not be a self-sufficient God and need anything or anybody, but He wants us. When Adam sinned it was not he who cried “God, where art Thou?’ It was God who cried “Adam, where art thou?”
Worship is the missing jewel in modern evangelism. We are organized; we work; we have our agendas. We have almost everything, but there is one thing that that the churches, even the gospel churches, do not have: that is the ability to worship. We are not cultivating the art of worship.
Worship . . . rises or falls with our concept of God; that is why I do not believe in these half-converted cowboys who call God the Man Upstairs. I do not think they worship at all, because their concept of God is unworthy of God and unworthy of them. And if there is one terrible disease in the church of Christ, it is that we do not see God as great as He is. We are too familiar with God.
I believe in the deeper life. I believe that the farther on with God we go, the farther up into Christ’s heart we move, the more like Christ we will become; and the more like Christ we become, the more like God we will become; and the more we become like Him and the nearer we are to Him, the more perfect our worship will be.
—from Worship: The Missing Jewel. The Tozer Anthology was originally published in the Alliance Weekly, August 5, 1981
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