Posted by: Chris Avery | November 24, 2008

A.W. Tozer on Success

So I’m not sure what this exact quote is… but I’ll post 2 things I found. Both sound good.

 

The laws of success operate also in the higher filed of the soul–spiritual greatness has its price. Eminence in the things of the Spirit demands a devoiton to these things more complete than most of us are willing to give. But the law cannot be escaped. If we would be holy we know the way; the law of holy living is before us. The prophets of the Old Testament, the apostles of the New and, more than all, the sublime teachings of Christ are there to tell us how to succeed…

The amount of loafing practiced by the average Christian in spiritual things would ruin a concert pianist if he allowed himself to do the same thing in the field of music. The idle puttering around we see in church circles would end the career of a big league pitcher in one week. No scientist could solve his exactig problem if he took as little interest in it as the rank and file of Christians take in the art of being holy. The nation whose soldiers were as soft and undisciplined as the soldiers of the churches would be conquered by the first enemy that attacked it. Triumphs are not won by men in easy chairs. Success is costly

 

AW Tozer

 

Success in any field is costly, but the man who will pay the price can have it.

The concert pianist must become a slave to hi instrument: four hours, five hours each day he must sit at the keyboard. The scientist must live for his work. The philosopher must devote himself to thought, the scholar to his books. The price may seem excessively heavy, but there are some who consider the reward worthwhile.

The laws of success operate also in the higher field of the soul–spiritual greatness has its price. Eminence in the things of the Spirit demands a devotion to these things more complete than most of us are willing to give. But the law cannot be escaped. If we would be holy we know the way; the law of holy living is before us. The prophets of the Old Testament, the apostles of the New and more than all the sublime teachings of Christ are there to tell us how to succeed.

If we would progress spiritually we must separate ourselves into the things of God and concentrate to the exclusion of a thousand of things the worldly man considers important. We must cultivate God in the solitude and silence; we must make the Kingdom of God the sphere of our activity and labour in it like a farmer in his field, like a miner in the earth.

 

AW Tozer

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