Holy Week highlights a great tension.
The way of the Cross makes little sense to us, so we create our own religious systems and practices. Perhaps some additional comments from A.W. Tozer will stretch our souls on this 36th day of Lent.
“We have been trying to apply machine-age methods to our relations with God. We read our chapter, have our short devotions and rush away, hoping to make up for our deep inward bankruptcy by attending another gospel meeting or listening to another thrilling story told by a religious adventurer lately returned from afar.
“The tragic results of this spirit are all about us: shallow lives, hollow religious philosophies, the preponderance of the element of fun in gospel meetings, the glorification of men, trust in religious externalities, quasi-religious fellowships, salesmanship methods, the mistaking of dynamic personality for the power of the Spirit. These and such as these are the symptoms of an evil disease, a deep and serious malady of the soul.
These words, written 65 years ago, seem uncomfortably relevant to our own day. Jesus saw the same thing in His own day, too.
As we approach the last few days of Lent, has it revealed a deep inward bankruptcy on our part, or helped heal it? Are we religious adventurers looking for another thrilling story to tell, or a people of the burning heart who sincerely yearn to be caught up in Christ and nothing more?
Father, guard me from quasi-religiosity, from salesmanship, and from religious externalities. I confess my spiritual bankruptcy and look to You, today, for renewal. Amen.