A.W. Tozer

Life of God-Worship

Here's another WORSHIP QUOTE from the Sermon on the Mount, this time from chapter 6 of Matthew's gospel.

First, how good is your memory?

". . . for where your treasure is, there ____________ ."

Here's the way this section reads in THE MESSAGE. Notice the heading that Eugene Peterson puts on these verses.

"Don't hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or - worse! - stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it is safe from moth and rust and burglars. It's obvious, isn't it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.

Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. If you pull the blinds on your windows, what a dark life you will have!

You can't worship two gods at once. Loving one god, you'll end up hating the other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other. You can't worship God and Money both.

If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don't fuss about what's on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life that the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds."

- Matthew 6:19-24 from THE MESSAGE: The New Testament in Contemporary English, by Eugene H. Peterson, NavPress, 1993.

Have a great week of God-worship,

Chip Stam

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Tozer, Worship, and Work

"It was A. W. Tozer who reminded us that we are here to be worshipers first
and workers only second. We take a convert and immediately make a worker out
of that person. God never meant it to be so. God meant that a convert should
learn to be a worshiper, and after that he or she can learn to be a worker.
The work done by a worshiper will have eternity in it."

-from James O. Abrahamson's *Put Your Best Foot Forward: How to Minister from
Your Strength,* Abington Press, 1994 (Chapter 3, "The Reaching-Up
(Worship-Centered Church")

Have you ever been too busy to worship? Is it possible to work so hard for
the Lord, that we are hindered in responding to his love and grace? 

Have a great week,
Chip Stam

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