The Tozer Anthology

As reported in the January 15, 2014 issue.

Compiled by Harry Verploegh


God Almighty sent His Son Jesus Christ into the world for a purpose, and what was the purpose? To hear the average evangelist nowadays you would think it was that we might give up tobacco, that we might escape hell, that when at last we get old and tired we might have some place to go. Now, all of these things are true. Jesus Christ does save us from bad habits and He does redeem us from hell and He does prepare us a place in heaven. But that is not the ultimate purpose of redemption.

The purpose of God in sending His Son to die and rise and live and be at the right hand of God the Father was that He might restore to us the missing jewel, the jewel of worship; that we might come back and learn to do again that which we were created to do in the first place—worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness, spend our time in awesome wonder and adoration of God, feeling and expressing it and letting it get into our labors, and do nothing except as an act of worship to Almighty God through His Son Jesus Christ.

We are here to be worshipers first and workers only second. We take a convert and immediately make a worker out of him. God never meant it to be so. God meant that a convert should learn to be a worshiper, and after that he can learn to be a worker.

It is delightful to worship God, but it is also a humbling thing; and the man who has not been humbled in the presence of God will never be a worshiper of God at all. He may be a church member who keeps the rules and obeys the discipline, and who tithes and goes to conference, but he will never be a worshiper unless he is deeply humbled.

—from Worship: The Missing Jewel, originally published in The Alliance Witness, July 8, 1981.

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