Sunday Morning Food for Thought – Is Conversion the End?

I just wanted to drop a quick quote from A.W. Tozer’s , “The Pursuit of God”,  out there this morning for a little consideration.

Being made in His image we have within us the capacity to know Him. In our sins we lack only the power. The moment the Spirit has quickened us to life in regeneration our whole being senses its kinship to God and leaps up in joyous recognition. That is the heavenly birth without which we cannot see the Kingdom of God. It is, however, not an end but an inception, for now begins the glorious pursuit, the heart’s happy exploration of the infinite riches of the Godhead. (Kindle Edition, Location 129)

The thing I like about this quote is that Tozer highlights an issue from his day that we still suffer with in ours. Primarily that the goal of the Gospel is to get people into Heaven when they die.  While technically correct, this approach to the Gospel completely discounts the fact that Jesus came to reconcile us to the Father now. Conversion is not an end but it is a beginning. This quote challenges me to not just sit around and wait for the day I meet the Father in eternity, but rather to actively pursue the Father through the reconciliation of Jesus and His sacrifice. It challenges me not to just wonder what Heaven will be like and what God will have me do there but to recognize that eternity is now and that Father offers us personal relationship with Him today!

Have a great day of worship!

Grace and Peace,

Tony

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One thought on “Sunday Morning Food for Thought – Is Conversion the End?

  1. Bro you hit on a very important issue that often gets overlooked. I have heard sermons talking about how we spend too much time worrying about getting people in the front door of the Church while no one is guarding the back door. Basically we are more worried about trying to convert sinners rather than introducing them to a loving relationship with the Father. Your right we hear a lot about getting into heaven and don’t realize we can fellowship with God right here on Earth. I think Heaven will just be taking it to the next and final level. I like when Tozer says “Being made in His image we have within us the capacity to know Him” to me that says it all. Good post Bro!

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