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Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Business of the Church is God

"And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent" (John 17:3).

The church is born out of the gospel and that gospel has to do with God and man's relation to God. Christianity engages to bring God into human life, to make men right with God, to give them a heart knowledge of God, to teach them to love and obey God and ultimately to restore in them the lost image of God in full and everlasting perfection.

Our Lord, in defining eternal life, summed up the supreme goal of human existence: "That they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent." And Paul revealed the one overpowering interest of his life when he wrote "That I may know Him."

The business of the church is God. She is purest when most engaged with God and she is astray just so far as she follows other interests, no matter how "religious" or humanitarian they may be.

Lord, may I make You my business today, and may the last image of Your perfection be revealed to me in all its fullness. Amen

~A. W. Tozer~

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