“The doctrine of justification by faith has in our time fallen into evil company and been interpreted by many in such a manner as actually to bar men from the knowledge of God. The whole transaction of religious conversion has been made mechanical and spiritless… Christ may be ‘received’ without creating any special love for Him in the soul of the receiver. The man is ‘saved,’ but he is not hungry nor thirsty after God. In fact he is specifically taught to be satisfied and encouraged to be content with little.” The Pursuit of God, A.W. Tozer.
A few months back, Moses challenged me. It was a loving challenge that only a brother in Christ would make. We were chatting on email and I was concerned about his workload becoming too burdensome. Moses, as usual, was up to the challenge. In fact, he was enthusiastically up to it. He then turned it back on me.
Moses pointedly asked whether I prayed daily for the children and whether I fasted to seek God’s direction for the ministry. Ouch. My interpretation of Moses’ question: Are you desperately seeking God? Are you pursuing Him with passion and fervor?
At the time, my answer was a big fat “sort of.” I was not fasting and I was only praying intermittently for the children. But the question was convicting. Why wasn’t I? Why don’t any of us who are passionate about orphan care and the glory of God regularly fast and pray for the children and the work of ministries and missionaries? I know some do, so forgive me for painting with too broad a brush. There are some major prayer warriors out there, but I suspect the vast majority of us aren’t.
Is life really so comfortable for us that we don’t feel the need to seek Him in that way? Where is our desperation for Him and for His glory?
Jesus scolded the church in Laodicea because of this. They didn’t think they needed anything because of their prosperity and wealth, but Jesus pointed out their nakedness. Rev. 3:17. Same with Sodom. Ezekiel tells us that in their “prosperous ease” they forgot the poor and the needy. Ezek. 16:49. Or what about the rich man that ignored Lazarus. As Lazarus begged for food outside the gate and dogs licked his sores, the rich man “feasted sumptuously every day” and didn’t care for Lazarus’ needs. Luke 16:19.
Moses’ challenge is for all of us. It is embarrassing how much vigor we lack in our pursuit of God, and worse how comfortable we are in our complacency. Prosperity and comfort have a tendency of doing that. But Timothy calls us to be wary of those who have a form of godliness yet deny its power. We have no interest in paying lip service to God or His people. We want to see Him show up and move mountains – big time! So as a group, we humbly acknowledge our complete and utter dependence on Him for everything – including the continued ministry of Sixty Feet.
After our board retreat this weekend, we realized that we need a prayer team in place pronto. In the coming weeks, we are hoping to establish a group that will purposefully and intentionally pray for the power of God to be released through Sixty Feet and other orphan care ministries. We want to pursue Him with passion and vigor as if our life depended on it, and then watch Him respond. We pray that you will join us. If you feel led to join the Sixty Feet prayer team, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
By the way, Moses fasts on Saturdays in case you want to join him.