One of the classes I am taking right now is called “Christian Spirituality” It is truly a wonderful class. I have gained so much knowledge and insight by reading Tozer’s “In Pursuit of God”. This is small (10 chapters), yet powerful book about the seeking of God. Each week I have to pick a chapter and write a spiritual reflection on it. Normally, the only one who sees these are my professor and myself. This week however, the chapter really hit home with me, so I thought I would share with you what I wrote. It’s just a tidbit, so I recommend this book to each of you who want to seek Him with all of your heart. Enjoy!
Chapter 8-Restoring the Creator-Creature Relation
“Not perfection, but Holy intention made the difference” (99). To me, this sums up my relationship with Christ. I am so far from being perfect. I am so far from being what I want to be. However, I am so much better in Him that what I was in the world. I know that I can be forgiven and that He will help me. I know that, like David, even though I mess up, if I have a heart after God, He will meet me where I am.
Many people think that one has to be perfect or somewhat perfect in order to be saved. This is simply not true. God wants you as you are; and then He will take the lead in changing your heart, mind, spirit.
As Tozer tells us in this chapter “God will unveil His glory before His servant’s eyes…” (101) All we have to do is put Him in His proper spot. We must put Him above our money, our job, our recreation, even our families. He must be exalted over all or we will throw off the balance which was put into place by God in the beginning.
Tozer goes to great lengths to make sure we understand that God is the “I am”. Nothing exists outside of Him. Nothing is above Him or beyond Him. He states that in relationships there must be a center (94). “Such a center is God” (94). God should be the center of our lives. Everything we do, say, and feel should be related to God. Is this easy? No. However, he has promised us help; the Comforter.
Another point Tozer made that I particularly like is that “every soul belongs to God and exists by His pleasure” (96). We may think we can run and hide from the creator of the world. We can’t. Everywhere we go He is there. Psalm 139: 7 states “where can I go from your Spirit; where can I flee from your presence?” (NIV) That is the answer. We were made for God. We were made for His pleasure. We do not have to be any certain way; He already knows our hearts. We just have to be willing to come to Him. We have to be willing to admit our sin. We have to be willing to exalt Him over all things. We have to know that He is the great I AM.
Tozier, A.W. “The Pursuit of God” 2006. Wing Spread Publishers. Camp Hill, PA.