Tozer Devotional

Mon, May 14, 2018

Following Christ

Elisha followed Elijah till he had learned from him all the old man could teach him; then God took Elijah away and the young man was on his own. The finest compliment to Elijah's ability as a spiritual teacher was paid by none less than the Lord Himself when He took the teacher to heaven and left the disciple to carry on without him. The old man of God had done his work well and the younger man needed him no more.

This kind of thing has been repeated innumerable times down the centuries; the teacher makes himself unnecessary and passes on and the disciple stands upright and begins to walk with no one to lean on. This is as it should be, for the teacher cannot stay always. Time carries him away and the cause of truth must be served by those whom he has taught and inspired while he walked among them. Has he failed to teach well or has the disciple failed to learn, the work of God will falter and halt and the world be poorer as a consequence.

To the one who is advanced enough to hear it I would say, never let anyone become necessary to you. Be meek enough to learn from the lowly and wise enough to learn from the enlightened. Be quick to profit by the experiences of others and stay alert to the voice of wisdom from whatever direction it may sound. As the bee soars for nectar where the blossoms are thickest, so you must search for spiritual nectar where it is most likely to be found, which is among those Christians who are the most consecrated, the most prayerful and the most experienced.

Verse

Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." Luke 9:23

Thought

Godly mentors are highly valued in the discipling of believers. However, the goal of mentoring must be kept in mind. It is not to develop personal followers but followers of Christ.

Prayer

Human mentors have weaknesses themselves. It is You, O Christ, who is my ultimate mentor and my enabler.

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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.

bookHis books have been published around the world and in many languages. This devotional was compiled from the The Warfare of the Spirit Chapter 6 - Let No One Become Necssary to You

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