I’ve been trying to take a little time lately and read. There are days and months where I’m just getting by, doing the work, plugging along but not really learning anything. I don’t want that to be the story of my life. Recently a friend and I were talking about the Holy Spirit which reminded me that I own a book called How to be filled by the Holy Spirit by A.W.Tozer. I own quite a few books that I have never read… most of the un-read ones would be non-fiction… so anyhow I decided to give it a go!
I don’t think I’d ever read anything by Tozer before and I really enjoyed it. He’s very clear and easy to read, I like how blatantly he says things.
These two passages really stood out to me.
How badly do I want to be close to the Lord? How much am I willing to surrender to His voice in my life? My natural tendency when I feel like I am being controlled or manipulated is to resist, am I willing to let go when it comes to Him and actually hand Him the control (God doesn’t manipulate us)? Does He have the last word? Am I willing to not conform to what is acceptable in this world so that I am pleasing to Him?
Too often we want to gloss things over and live our nice quite inoffensive lives. He never called us to boring unproductive lives where He saves us for nothing. He wants to give us bursting life, which we find fulfilling, close to His heart. I don’t want to forget the passion that He has called us all to. To draw near to Him is a gift, but remember He is a consuming fire; communion with Him is something worth dying on a cross for, it was never free, be prepared to be consumed.