During my study time yesterday I was reading Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer. In one of the chapters he talks a bit about the dangers of the secularization of the Church due to people’s changing perceptions of God. The following are some thoughts I typed up on my phone while mulling it all over.
As our perception of self increased, our perception of God decreased. Where once men worshipped , wept, and trembled before the Awesomeness of The Almighty they now malign and mock the mere mention of His name. And the Church? We, His bride, purchased with the immeasurable bride-price of sacrificed Deity…we beg and plead people to take Him and accept Him, as if He is the one in need of us.
God needs none of us. Indeed, even, God does not need. As Tozer puts it, “need is a creature word” and can never describe the Creator.
However, we often vex ourselves, most unnecessarily, by thinking we’re doing God some great favor by begging people to “accept” Him. The plain truth is that we are the ones in desperate need of acceptance. We need His sovereign love and grace to repair the damage our sin caused to the God-man-relationship.
Lord, help us not to think You need us. Help us to show others how desperately we all need You.