Tag: Common

Examples, Good or Bad

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. First Timothy 4:12

A sacred obligation lies upon each of us to be Christlike. This generation of Christians must have models it can safely admire. That is not the primary reason for seeking to be holy, but it is a powerful one. Many beginners are taking us for their examples. Later they will become detached from us and will learn to fix their eyes directly upon the Lord Himself; in the meantime, for better or for worse we are their idea of what Christ is like. This is a wonderful and frightening fact that we must face and deal with as we may.

We are under deep obligation to do all in our power to shatter the “common” image, which is now accepted as standard for men in and out of the church. The nations need uncommon men to guide them and the church needs uncommon Christians. And we had better take this whole thing seriously.

by A.W. Tozer

God Is With Us In All Things

A.B. Simpson Imageby A.B. Simpson

I am with you always—Matthew 28:20

Oh, how it helps and comforts us in the plodding of life to know that we have with us the Christ who spent the first thirty years of His life swinging a hammer in the carpenter shop at Nazareth, covered with sweat and grimy dust, physically weary as we often are, and able to understand all our experiences of drudgery and labor! Moreover, He still loves to share our common tasks and equip us for our difficult undertakings of hand and brain.

Yes, housewife, He will help you at the kitchen range and sink as gladly as at the hour of prayer. Yes, busy laborer, He will go with you and help you to swing the hammer, or handle the saw, or hold the plow in the soil of life. You will be a better mechanic, a more skilled workman, a more successful man because you take His wisdom for the common affairs of life.

There is no place or time where Jesus is not able and willing to walk by our side, to work through our hand and minds, and to unite Himself in loving and caring partnership with all our needs and tasks and trials. In this way He proves Himself our all-sufficiency for all things.

by A.B. Simpson