Tozer Devotional

Fri, May 18, 2018

Life that is Truly Life

The test of good works, which Paul laid down for the women, applies as well to men. In a passage obviously addressed to men the apostle exhorts that they


Command those who are rich in the present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share (6:17–18).

Some Christians feel little or no sympathy for those outside the fold. Let it be suggested that help be granted to some unfortunate human and the question is instantly asked, "Is he a Christian?" or "Is he worthy of our assistance?"

This attitude is wrong for a number of reasons and altogether beneath those who call themselves by the sacred name of Christ. If we are to help only the worthy, who then can qualify? The Christian can hide his goods away with a pure conscience, safe in the knowledge that he would help the poor if he could find any worthy of it. The moth and rust would qualify, to be sure, and they will get them at last; in the meantime the happy believer can sing hymns and distribute tracts while the poor ask for bread and there is none and little children cry themselves to sleep at night with no one to comfort them.

Verse

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, . . . Command them to do go good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. First Timothy 6:17–18

Thought

There is a "life that is truly life (1 Timothy 6:19). It is expressed in generosity and willingness to share. God provides for us in order that we may share with those in need.

Prayer

Lord, may I fully understand that You make available to me resources not that I may selfishly use them but that I may share them with those in need.

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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 7 - The Art of Doing Good Unobtrusively—Part I

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