The Scriptures instruct us to examine ourselves to see if we are holding to the faith. (2 Cor. 13:5) In last week’s “Facts” we introduced two questions posed by A. W. Tozer:
1. What do we want the most?
2. How do we use our money?
Following are three more questions A. W. Tozer poses in helping us evaluate the condition of our heart :1
3. What do we do with our leisure time ? My generation’s focus, for the most part, was primarily on living a life of quality. Becoming a person of stature. Today, it seems, our primary focus in life is on the quest for inner fulfillment through experiencing a pleasure filled life. There is no doubt that recreation [re-creation?] is a must if we are to keep body, mind and soul together. Hebrews four talks about a Sabbath rest. In a word, rejuvenating our mind, soul, and body. The question is, do we at least use some of our discretionary free time to invite our lost friends over for a BBQ with a view toward eventually bringing them to the Lord Jesus? Are we somehow engaged in helping the less fortunate among us? (Jms. 1:26; 2:14-26; I Jn. 3:16, 17) Or is our leisure time expended primarily on our selfish pursuits for our indulgence and fulfillment? (See Ecc. 2:1-11; 5:8-20)
4. Who and what do we most admire ? Well, if it’s the folks in “People Magazine” we are in deep doo doo. Tell me, do you admire the powerful and beautiful people; the top athletes and business icons above the little recognized folks who are living sacrificially for the cross of Christ? You know, those unsung heroes of the faith who are bringing the Gospel to the lost in the spiritual ghettos of the world? Or those in the business world who are operating with integrity at great personal cost. Are our heroes that little noticed janitor at our church who quietly cleans up our mess as an act of worship? Or the truck drivers who are reaching out to their fellow truckers? Or the folks volunteering at your local soup kitchen to bring the love of Christ to the under belly of society? (See Lam. 1:12; Matt. 25:31-46; Jn. 4:34,35; Rom. 10:13-15)
5. What do we laugh at ?
- The future? (Pro. 31:25)
- Others’ misfortune?
- Denigrating humor?
This week, may you experience His grace, peace, and protection.
R. Dwight Hill
1 The Pursuit of God – A. W. Tozer, Wing Spread Publishers, 1995, Pg 37;Views: 151