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Front or Fount? April 9, 2007

Posted by Joe in Quotes, Random Musings.
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Briefly, the way to escape religion as a front is to make it a fount. See to it that we pray more than we preach and we will never preach ourselves out. Stay with God in the secret place longer than we are with men in the public place and the fountain of our wisdom will never dry up. Keep our hearts open to the inflowing Spirit and we will not become exhausted by the outflow. Cultivate the acquaintance of God more than the friendship of men and we will always have abundance of bread to give to the hungry.

Our first responsibility is not to the public but to God and our own souls.

– A.W. Tozer (God Tells the Man Who Cares, 115-116.)

Now in this quote Tozer was referring to preachers, however, it must be emphasized that the same principle holds true for every single Christian.  You cannot go to work each morning and labor to the glory of God apart from being filled with the Spirit.  It is simply impossible.  We don’t have the inner resources to honor the Lord.  We need His presence.  We need Him to come.  If we abide in Him, we bear much fruit, but apart from Him we can do nothing (John 15:5).  Nothing means nothing.  No matter what our activity or calling may be, we need to learn how to abide.

Central to this abiding is our private waiting upon the Lord.  It isn’t everything, but it is surely foundation–an absolute necessity–if we ever want to live with any real power and influence.  Let us ask ourselves:  do I know God better than I know anyone else?  Am I most at home in His presence?  Is it my delight to bow before Him over His Word in prayer?  Am I one who is known to seek Him?

Our answers here are vital.  We are desperate for people of power.  We have more than enough ‘fronts.’  We need more ‘founts!’  Let us labor, brothers and sisters, first and foremost by seeking Him.

Laboring to be filled to overflowing,

Joe

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