Tozer Devotional

Tue, August 07, 2018

Freedom to Follow Christ

Christianity is the religion of freedom and democracy is freedom in organized society, but if we continue to misunderstand this freedom we may soon have neither Christianity or democracy. To protect political liberty free men must lay a voluntary obligation upon themselves; to preserve the religion of salvation by free grace a great many Christians must waive their right to be free and take upon themselves a load greater than they have ever carried before.

When in danger the state can conscript men to fight for her freedom, but there are no conscripts in the army of the Lord. To bear a cross the Christian must take it up of his own free will. No authority can compel us to feed the hungry or evangelize the lost or pray for revival or sacrifice ourselves for Christ’s sake and the sake of suffering humanity.

The ideal Christian is one who knows he is free to do as he will and wills to be a servant. This is the path Christ took; blessed is the man who follows Him.

Verse

Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. John 12:26

Thought

Christ did not come to be served but to serve (Matthew 20:28). For us to follow Christ means exercising our freedom to follow Him and serve Him. Serving Him will result in reaching out to people in His name.

Prayer

My Lord, I want to exercise the freedom I have in You to follow You and to serve You in serving people.

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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 31 - The Perils of Too Much Liberty

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