Monday, January 14, 2008

"Accept Christ"

"I wonder also how many Christians in our day have truly and completely abandoned themselves to Jesus Christ as their Lord. We are very busy telling people to 'accept Christ'---and that seems to be the only word we are using. We arrange a painless acceptance.

We are telling people that the easiest thing in the world is to accept Jesus Christ, and I wonder what has happened to our Christian theology which no longer contains any hint of what it should mean to be completely and utterly abandoned to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

I think it is a good sign that we are having a relentlessness and a dissatisfaction among professing Christians concerning their own spiritual state. I find that we are having to start all over with many of them because they have never been taught anything but 'the acceptance of Christ.' They need the plain statement of the terms of eternal satisfaction: acknowledgment of sin and complete trust in Christ and utter abandonment to Him and his Lordship."
-A.W. Tozer, Who Put Jesus On The Cross

see Luke 14:25-35

1 comment:

J. Morgan said...

This is something I have been going back and forth with in my own mind, in a sense. Over and over Jesus tells His disciples to forsake all and follow Him. Was this a command just toward His disciples? Was it not to be a literal forsaking of "all"? Or should we Christians really be abandoning all jobs, houses, and etc to follow Him in just going forth to proclaim His truths?
"Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ" (Philippians 3:8).