Tag: Society

God-Centered and Other-Centered Living

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

And anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whosoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Matthew 10:38-39

Human society is built upon a balance of personal interests. People are so used to seeing everyone serving his own ends that no other kind of conduct is expected. Only the eccentric dreamer would expect that unregenerate men could be persuaded to surrender their personal rights and devote themselves wholly to the interests of others. Occasionally small groups of persons have come together to try to form a selfless society, but in every instance they have lived to see their little utopia tear itself apart by the centrifugal force generated by the very selfishness they were trying so nobly to escape. The human heart is essentially selfish and it cannot be cured by external organization. With the advent of Jesus Christ a new and radically different motive for human conduct was introduced into the world and its symbol is the cross. By His words Christ exposed the evil of self-interest and by His cross He demonstrated pure selfless love in its fullest perfection. He came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many. Christ pleased not Himself, but lived in total devotion to the honor of God and the welfare of mankind, and when He died He set a crown of beauty upon a God-centered and an others-centered life.

by A.W. Tozer

 

God Must Be Worshipped For His Own Sake

Martyn Lloyd Jones 90x115by Martyn Lloyd Jones

If we advocate godliness simply because it leads to the true morality, if we commend religion because it leads to the best state of society, then we are reversing the order actually and insulting God. God must never be regarded as a means to an end; and religion is not to be commended primarily because of certain benefits which follow its practice … Hence the temptation to statesmen and leaders to pay lip service to religion, and to believe in its maintenance in a general form … God is to be worshipped because He is God, because He is the Creator, because He is the Almighty, because He is the ‘high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity’, because His Name is Holy. And in His presence it is impossible to think of anything else. All thoughts of self and of benefits that may accrue, all ideas concerning the possible results and advantages to ourselves, or to our class or country, are banished. He is supreme and He is alone … The results and blessings of salvation, the moral life and the improved state of society — all these things are the consequence of true belief and they must never be allowed to usurp the supreme position …