And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:6-7
“In our desire after God let us keep always in mind that God also hath desire, and His desire is toward the sons of men, and more particularly toward those sons of men who will make the once-for-all decision to exalt Him over all. Such are these precious to God above all treasures of earth or sea. In them God finds a theater where He can display His exceeding kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. With them God can walk unhindered, toward them He can act like the God He is.”
A. W. Tozer (1897-1963) in The Pursuit of God, excerpt chapter 8, entitled, “Restoring the Creator-Creature Relation.” Click to download the PDF of this classic work.
Tozer reminds us that God views each of us who chooses to exalt Him over all as a theatre, a place to display His exceeding kindness before a watching world.
Would people say that watching you is like seeing a blockbuster or box office bomb? This is a serious question to consider as God’s reputation is at stake through how we, as so-called Christians, live our lives.
Notice that when God sees people who are sold out for Him, He works through them and walks with them. In that sense, He handles the writing and production work. So, what is our role in the process?
Our role is to exalt Him. That’s been the highlight of my Faith and Finances course this week. I had students from past years share testimonies from their stewardship journeys, but I never dreamed what would happen as a result.
In theatre terms, my past students were “smash hits” who captivated current students and convinced them to obey even the more difficult financial teachings of Jesus. God has written and produced an amazing story this week.
Don’t ever underestimate your influence and impact. You are God’s theatre.