Saturday, January 08, 2011

The Call of God for Holy Men ~

Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it, (Hebrews 12:11)
     "Your calling," said Meister Eckhart to the clergy of his day, "cannot make you holy; but you can make it holy. No matter how humble that calling may be, a holy man can make it a holy calling. A call to the ministry is not a call to be holy, as if the fact of his being a minister would sanctify a man; rather, the ministry is a calling for a holy man who has been made holy some other way than by the work he does.     
     The true order is: God makes a man holy by blood and fire and sharp discipline. Then he calls the man to some special work, and the man being holy makes that work holy in turn....    
     Every person should see to it that he is fully cleansed from all sin, entirely surrendered to the whole will of God and filled with the Holy Spirit. Then he will not be known as what he does, but as what he is. He will be a man of God first and anything else second. We Travel an Appointed Way, 59-60 by A.W. Tozer


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the pithy and practical thoughts from A. W. Tozer who was often a chapel speaker at Wheaton College in Illinois when I was a student there many years ago. I am glad that you quote him and see the spiritual value in his words which are much needed today. God bless you, Brother Ortiz. Jon

Joe Ortiz said...

Thank you Jon. Tozer is a source of inspiration!

Anonymous said...

Just a word to say how much I appreciate your fine blog which always provides much grist for growing. Lord bless you. Ivonne