Devotions » Tozer Devotional
Tue, March 11, 2014
The principle we are discussing, while it involves responsibility for truth received, goes far beyond this. It involves also our money, our time, our talents and our opportunities.
American economists and politicians these days are talking about our "unprecedented" standard of living, our high income, our push-button conveniences and our huge bank accounts. In spite of the temporary lag in employment this is all true, and to a degree known nowhere else on earth (unless it is in our friendly sister country to the north, which I understand enjoys a prosperity equal to our own).
As sharers in a prosperous economy we Christians must not forget that ability involves responsibility. We have more than our fathers had, and are therefore able to do more for our fellow men than they could do. We are in danger of overlooking this. A larger income may be considered in either of two ways: (1) I earn more; therefore I can spend more and enjoy myself better. (2) I earn more; therefore I am able to do more good for more people and aid in the evangelization of more tribes and nations.
To use increased income to feed the flesh and enjoy greater luxuries is perfectly naturaland that is precisely why it is wrong; it accords with fallen human nature and is of the essence of selfishness and sin. To accept a larger income as a means whereby we may lay up treasures in heaven accords with the teachings of Christ. Every Christian who has this problem to face should prayerfully consider his larger responsibility in the light of his increased ability.
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Second Corinthians 9:6
Resources God has entrusted to us include our finances, time, opportunities, natural and spiritual gifts. For what we do not have we are not responsibile. It is for what we have that we are responsible. Time to check our resources! How is our sowing?
O Lord, make of me a generous sower!
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A. W. Tozer, a modern day prophet, was a key figure in The Christian and Missionary Alliance. His legacy reaches through time and has impacted countless millions. A prolific author and pastor, Tozer was known for his emphasis on the deeper life movement. His message, informed as it was by A.B. Simpson the founder of The Alliance, brought the missionary call to a massive audience. A series of his sermons are available as audio files.
His books have been published around the world and in many languages. This devotional was compiled from the The Warfare of the Spirit, Chapter 17 - Ability and Responsibility
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