The Worship Quote of the Week for (01/21/2003):

Work or Worship?
Today's WORSHIP QUOTE is another from the pen of A. W. Tozer. He was the
pastor of Chicago's Southside Alliance Church from 1928 to 1959. He never
went to a Bible school, seminary or university, but his many writings have
consistently and powerfully directed the reader's attention to the amazing
God who desires our love, devotion and worship.

I am of the opinion that we should not be concerned about working for
God until we have learned the meaning and delight of worshiping Him.

A worshiper can work with eternal quality in his work. But a worker who
does not worship is only piling up wood, hay and stubble for that time when
God sets the world on fire.

I fear that there are many professing Christians who do not want to hear
such statements about their "busy schedules," but it is the truth. God is
trying to call us back to that for which He created us—to worship Him and to
enjoy Him forever!

It is then, out of our deep worship, that we do His work.

— A. W. Tozer (1879-1963), in WHATEVER HAPPENED TO WORSHIP? Compiled and
edited by Gerald B. Smith. Camp Hill, Pennsylvania: Christian Publications,
1985, p. 12. ISBN 0-87509-367-1

[Lord, we confess that we have too often placed our trust in our "Christian"
busyness. We have looked to our own productivity for personal and corporate
fulfillment rather than being satisfied with you and you alone. Forgive us
for our sin. In your mercy show us yourself. Let us find our rest in you.

Have a great week,

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky