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Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Loneliness of the Christian

WOW ... this really means a lot to me ... makes me feel 'normal'.

THE LONELINESS OF THE CHRISTIAN
By A.W. Tozer
The loneliness of the Christian results from his walk with God in an ungodly world, a walk that must often take him away from the fellowship of good Christians as well as from that of the unregenerate world. His God-given instincts cry out for companionship with others of his kind, others who can understand his longings, his aspirations, his absorption in the love of Christ; and because within his circle of friends there are so few who share his inner experiences he is forced to walk alone. The unsatisfied longings of the prophets for human understanding caused them to cry out in their complaint, and even our Lord Himself suffered in the same way.
The man who has passed on into the divine Presence in actual inner experience will not find many who understand him. He finds few who care to talk about that which is the supreme object of his interest, so he is often silent and preoccupied in the midst of noisy religious shoptalk. For this he earns the reputation of being dull and over-serious, so he is avoided and the gulf between him and society widens. He searches for friends upon whose garments he can detect the smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia out of the ivory palaces, and finding few or none he, like Mary of old, keeps these things in his heart.
It is this very loneliness that throws him back upon God. His inability to find human companionship drives him to seek in God what he can find nowhere else.

1 comment:

  1. It is true indeed that it is a lonely life to follow Christ. There are a few on the journey but most everyone deserts you when you follow Jesus as he taught and lived. Few there be that find it, I appreciate the verse at the head of your page. We have found that it is indeed few who truly care about the TRUTH of following Christ. We are interested in going back to what Jesus taught and to take it literal. We don't believe in a 3 step salvation where you pray the prayer. Instead we believe Jesus words that those who keep his commandments are those that love him. I read some of your posts and was encouraged with what I found. God bless you. Feel free to visit my blog at www.homeschoolblogger.com/walkinginthelight/ and also our church website www.churchofmonett.com though I apologize they are working on redoing it and not much is on right now. Have a blessed day!

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