Over on my Google Plus page* I’ve been sharing a few A.W. Tozer quotes which have encouraged and challenged me as I’ve been reading through Warren Wiersbe’s compilation titled “The Best of A.W. Tozer (Book One)”. One of the quotes I shared last week reads as follows:
“When God’s sheep are in danger, the shepherd must not gaze at the stars and meditate on ‘inspirational’ themes. He is morally obliged to grab his weapon and run to their defense. When the circumstances call for it, love can use the sword, though by her nature she would rather bind up the broken hearted and minister to the wounded. It is time for the prophet and seer to make themselves heard and felt again. For the last three decades timidity disguised as humility has crouched in her corner while the spiritual quality of the evangelical Christianity has become progressively worse year by year. How long, O Lord, how long?”
One of the reasons why I really value and enjoy A.W. Tozer’s writing is that he doesn’t mince words. He doesn’t beat around the bush. He’s not afraid to speak out and speak truth even when it’s hard to hear.
Tozer’s writings remind me of the Old Testament prophets who were not known for popularity. They delivered God’s message without thought of man’s opinion, political correctness, tactfulness, or worry of stepping on people’s toes. Their chief duty and aim was to share God’s Word with anyone who would listen.
We also have that same high calling. We are entrusted with the Words of life and are commanded to share them with others. But with life giving words comes truth, and truth is not always easy to hear especially when one is walking in error. Therefore, it is no surprise that in our day and age truth is not popular, not politically correct, or wanted. But that does not lessen our responsibility before God to share it. The Old Testament prophets were not afraid to speak boldly, A. W. Tozer was not afraid, and neither should we.
A. W. Tozer writes: “It is time for the prophet and seer to make themselves heard and felt again.” This is us! We must be the prophets and seers who make themselves heard and felt. We must be the voice crying out in the wilderness. We must be advocates of truth, godliness, purity, and goodness. For as this world slide deeper and deeper into darkness, our light must shine brighter and brighter. We must not be dimmed by political correctness or silenced by the threat of being unpopular. No! We must be bold. We must be strong. And we must be faithful to the message God has given us.
So dear friend and fellow Christian, let us be the prophet and seer of this generation. Let us be God’s messengers and ambassadors to a world in desperate need of him. And let us not be afraid to speak up, to speak out, and to speak truth.
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