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“Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.” (Psalm 37:5-6)
AW Tozer was a prominent American pastor and author in the early to mid-20th century, best known for his enduring works The Pursuit of God and The Knowledge of the Holy. I wanted to share a summary of a short treatise he wrote called “Five Vows for Spiritual Power,” which can be read in its entirety here. His approach in this treatise is to argue that if you are truly concerned about growing spiritually, then you should make vows and keep them. If you fail to keep them, don’t give up, but confess, repent, and start over. Don’t let the possibility of failure keep you from making vows that point your heart in the direction of God and holiness. In Tozer’s mind, refusing to make a vow might give the illusion of freedom, but also can result in uselessness, like someone who chooses to be homeless. On the other hand, those who make vows may sacrifice some freedom, but like a government official, in the end they take on greater power and responsibility as a result.
Tozer’s five vows are these:
Vows like this cut across our human nature. They can not be done without trusting in God and finding our identity in Him. But as we deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Jesus, we find that we are being spiritually strengthened to be the men and women of God He has called us to be.
What do you think of these vows? Are there other vows you need to make before God today?
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