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Our Enemy Contentment: by A.W. Tozer
 

  *Our Enemy Contentment*
*By : A.W.Tozer
*
One of the big milk companies makes capital of the fact that their cows are
all satisfied with their lot in life. Their clever ads have made the term
"contented cows" familiar to everyone. But what is a virtue in a cow may be
a vice in a man. *And contentment, then it touches spiritual things, is
surely a vice*.

Paul professed that he had learned to be content with such *earthly goods *as
fell to his lot. That is something *else* from being content with his
spiritual attainments. With these he specifically declared that *he was not
satisfied*: "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one
thing I do, *forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth
unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of
the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." *Contentment with earthl goods is
the mark of *a saint*; contentment with *our spiritual state is a mark of
inward blindness.
*
One of the greatest foes of the Christian is *religious complacency*. *The
man who believes he has arrived will not go any farther; from his standpoint
it would be foolish to do so. The snare is to believe we have arrived when
we have not. The present neat habit of quoting a text to prove we have
arrived may be a dangerous one if in truth we have no actual inward
experience of the text.
Truth that is not experienced is no better than error*, and may be fully as
dangerous. The scribes who sat in Moses' seat were not the victims of error;
they were the victims of their failure to experience the truth they taught.

Religious complacency is encountered almost everywhere among Christians
these days, and its presence is a sign and a prophecy. For every Christian
will become at last what his desires have made him. We are all the sum total
of our hungers. The great saints have all had thirsting hearts. Their cry
has been, My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come
and appear before God?"* Their longing after God all but consumed them*; it
propelled them onward and upward to heights toward which less ardent
Christians look with languid eye and entertain no hope of reaching.

Orthodox christianity has fallen to its present low estate from *lack of
spiritual desire*. Among the many who profess the Christian faith scarcely
one in a thousand reveals any passionate thirst for God. The practice of
many of our spiritual advisers is to use the Scriptures to discourage such
little longings as may be discovered here and there among us. *We fear
extremes and shy away from too much ardor in religion as if it were possible
to have too much love or too much faith or too much holiness.
*
Occasionally one's heart is cheered by the discovery of some insatiable
saint who is willing to sacrifice everything for the cheer joy of
experiencing God in increasing intimacy. To such we offer this word of
exhortation: Pray on, fight on, sing on. Do not underrate anything God may
have done for you heretofore.
Thank God for everything up to this point, but do not stop here. Press on
into the deep things of God. Insist upon seeking the profounder mysteries of
redemption. Keep your feet on the ground, but let your heart soar as high as
it will. Refuse to be average or to surrender to the chill of your spiritual
environment. If you thus "follow after," heaven will surely be opened to you
and you will, with Ezekiel, see visions of God.

Unless you do these things you will reach at last (and unknown to you) the
bone ard of orthodoxy and be doomed to live out your days in a spiritual
state which can be best described as "the dead level and quintessence of
every mediocrity. "
From such a state God save us all. AMEN.

From : The Root of the Righeous, by A.W.Tozer


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