In the beginning of each year I assemble a book reading list—call it a reading challenge if you will—that I hope to finish by the end of the year. I’m currently about a quarter through this year’s list (very behind, I know!). I normally try to read from a variety of genres including theology, literature, history and biographies.
This year I have several Christian classic books on the list, and last week I finished one of them, The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer. I don’t know why I waited this long to read such a book considering its passionate focus on Jesus Christ and the Christian life.
In a sentence, this book’s message is about what it means to pursue God, and how that pursuing of God affects the everyday life of a Christian.
In this small piece, I share some of my favourite quotes from each chapter of the Pursuit of God. I hope these will encourage you, and persuade you to read this book if you haven’t done so already. You can buy the book via Takealot or Amazon. You can also read it online or get free e-copies here or the updated Kindle version here.
Tell me what you think about these snippets or the book in general. Do you agree or disagree with some of Tozer’s convictions raised? Email me at Lesetja.Lekoloane@eternalPassion.org or let’s tweet @Leeseetja.
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“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.”
“The way to deeper knowledge of God is through the lonely valleys of soul poverty and giving up of all things.”
“Promoting self under the guise of promoting Christ is currently so common as to excite little notice.”
“To most people God is an inference, not a reality. He is a deduction from evidence which they consider adequate; but He remains personally unknown to the individual.”
“God will not hold us responsible to understand the mysteries of election, predestination, and the divine sovereignty. The best and safest way to deal with these truths is to raise our eyes to God and in deepest reverence say, O LORD, thou knowest. Those things belong to the deep and mysterious profoundness of God’s omniscience. Prying into them may make theologians, but it will rarely make saints.”
“The believing man does not claim to understand. He falls to his knees and whispers, ‘God.’”
“God never made salvation dependent upon new moons or holy days or Sabbaths. A man is not nearer to Christ on Easter Sunday than he is, say, on Saturday, August 3, or Monday, October 4. As long as Christ sits on the mediatorial throne, every day is a good day and all days are days of salvation.”
“Millions call themselves by His name, it is true, and pay some token respect to Him, but a simple test will show how little He is really honoured among them. Let the average man be put to the proof on the question of who is above, and his true position will be exposed. Let him be forced into making a choice between God and money, between God and men, between God and personal ambition, God and self, God and human love, and God will take second place every time. Those other things will be exalted above. However the man may protest, the proof is in the choices he makes day after day throughout his life.”
“Pride, arrogance, resentfulness, evil imaginings, malice, and greed are the sources of more human pain than all the diseases that ever afflicted mortal flesh.”
“If we would escape from the toils of the sacred-secular dilemma, the truth must “run in our blood” and condition the complexion of our thoughts. We must practice living to the glory of God, actually and determinedly. By meditation upon this truth, by talking it over with God often in our prayers, by recalling it to our minds frequently as we move about among men, a sense of its wondrous meaning will begin to take hold of us.”
If I was to pick a favourite chapter from the book, it would be chapter 9 titled, “Meekness and Rest.”