Tag: Jesus

Moral Determination

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

He was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. Acts 11:23

Though we do not have much of it in this age of spineless religion, there is nevertheless much in the Bible about the place of moral determination in the service of the Lord. The Old Testament tells us that “Jacob vowed a vow,” and Daniel “purposed in his heart.” Paul determined “not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” Above all, we have the example of the Lord Jesus “setting His face like a flint” and walking straight toward the cross. These and many others have left us a record of spiritual greatness born out of a will firmly set to do the will of God! They did not try to float to heaven on a perfumed cloud, but cheerfully accepted the fact that “with purpose of heart they must cleave to the Lord.”

We must surrender—and in that terrible, wonderful moment we may feel that our will has been forever broken, but such is not the case. In His conquest of the soul, God purges the will and brings it into union with His own, but He never breaks it!

by A.W. Tozer

Can you afford it?

A.B. Simpsonby A.B. Simpson

Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering —Romans 12:7

Beloved, are you ministering to Christ? Arc you doing it with your hands? Are you doing it with your substance and with your gifts? Is He getting the best at your table? And when He does not come to fill the chair, is it free to His representative, His poor and humble children? Your words and wishes are cheap if they do not find expression in your actual gifts. Even Mary did not put Him off with the incense of her heart. Rather, she laid her costliest gift at His feet.

Busy person, you who work so hard to dress your children and furnish your home and table, what have your hands earned for the Master? What have you done or sacrificed for Jesus?

“Can you afford it?” was the question asked of an earnest woman as she promised a costly offering for the Master’s work.

“No,” was her noble reply, “but I can sacrifice it.”

Let us today look around us and see what we are presently doing. Then let us give more to the loving Savior, who gave up His whole life for us.

by A.B. Simpson