I like books. I enjoy reading too, but that's not what I'm talking about. I like the books, themselves. I like books per se. So I have a lot of books, and they're organized by genre. History. Theology. Biography. Ministry. Commentary. Et cetera.
Then I have this half-shelf that I simply refer to as "favorites." These are not really my favorite books, but more like the ones I believe would be of great benefit for any... or every Christian to read. I recently finished reading The Pursuit of God by AW Tozer. It sits on that shelf of "favorites" -- and these are some of my favorite quotes. Enjoy.
There is today no lack of Bible teachers to set forth correctly the principles of the doctrines of Christ, but too many of these seem satisfied to teach the fundamentals of the faith year after year, strangely unaware that there is in their ministry no manifest Presence, nor anything unusual in their personal lives. (p.8)
The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts. (p.10)
We are often hindered from giving up our treasures to the Lord out of fear for their safety; this is especially true when those treasures are loved relatives and friends. But we need have no such fears. Out Lord came not to destroy but to save. Everything is safe which we commit to Him, and nothing is really safe which is not so committed.
Our gifts and talents should also be turned over to Him. They should be recognized for what they are, God's loan to us, and should never be considered in any sense our own. We have no more right to claim credit for special abilities than for blue eyes or strong muscles. (p.28)
The greatest fact of the tabernacle was that Jehovah was there; a Presence was waiting within the veil. Similarly the Presence of God is the central fact of Christianity. At the heart of the Christian message is God Himself waiting for His redeemed children to push in to conscious awareness of His Presence. (p.37)
What God in His sovereignty may yet do on a world-scale I do not claim to know: but what He will do for the plain man or woman who seeks His face I believe I do know and can tell others. Let any man turn to God in earnest, let him begin to exercise himself unto godliness, let him seek to develop his powers of spiritual receptivity by trust and obedience and humility, and the results will exceed anything he may have hoped in his leaner and weaker days. (p.71)
*All quotes taken from this publication of The Pursuit of God:
Martino Fine Books (2009-11-12)
ISBN 10: 1578988519 / ISBN 13: 9781578988518