A Greater Treasure

In his classic, The Pursuit of God, A. W. Tozer wrote, “The man who has God for his treasure has all things in One.

Many ordinary treasures may be denied him, or if he is allowed to have them,  the enjoyment of them will be so tempered that they will never be necessary to his happiness. Or if he must see them go, one after one, he will scarcely feel a sense of loss, for having the Source of all things he has in One all satisfaction, all pleasure, all delight.

Whatever he may lose he has actually lost nothing, for he now has it all in One, and he has it purely, legitimately and forever.

O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more.”   

May this new year find God working in our hearts in such a way that He becomes more and more of a treasure to us.

“Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides You.”

~ Psalm 73:25 (ESV)

That Glorious Pursuit

We should never get over the fact that there was a day when God stirred our hearts to love Him and live for Him. A. W. Tozer helps us put things on pause for a moment to reflect on our new birth and the journey beyond.

“The moment the Spirit has quickened us to life in regeneration our whole being senses its kinship to God and leaps up in joyous recognition. That is the heavenly birth without which we cannot see the Kingdom of God.

It is, however, not an end but an inception, for now begins the glorious pursuit, the heart’s happy exploration of the infinite riches of the Godhead. That is where we begin, I say, but where we stop no man has yet discovered, for there is in the awful and mysterious depths of the Triune God neither limit nor end.

Shoreless Ocean, who can sound Thee? Thine own eternity is round Thee, Majesty divine! To have found God and still to pursue Him is the soul’s paradox of love, scorned indeed by the too-easily-satisfied religionist, but justified in happy experience by the children of the burning heart.”

~A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God

“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience – among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved.”

~Ephesians 2:1-5 (ESV)