The Purpose of Man

Designed to Worship

by A W Tozer (James L Snyder editor)

“Worship is man’s full reason for existence. Worship is why we are born and why we are born again.” – A.W. Tozer

This book took me a while to read. It wasn’t that it was hard to read or that it was that long, it was just difficutl to read. It challenged me. It didn’t challenge me in unexpected ways. It just challenged me to do the things that I know, deep down, I’m already supposed to be doing. Tozer challenges me to live the way that I know I’m supposed to already be living.

I started reading an article today about motivation (I’ll delve into that somewhere else), but the first point to staying motivated was to “Pick your biggest goal that has the most fear.” Going on to say that the reason most people quit is because th egoal isn’t big or ugly or important enough. It took a mere second before I was able to spit out the goal that is the biggest and contains the most fear. That goal would be to know God in such a way that He can call me friend. On the surfaces, it seems like this goal wouldn’t be scary. It is good to what to know God. It is good to desire Him to know me. But there is a deep fear in it.

I enjoy my life. I watch some TV. Sometimes too much, but not often. I don’t watch things that I shouldn’t at least not too many of them. I don’t sleep in too late on the weekends. I don’t have too many inappropriate thoughts. My diet isn’t too bad. I’ve taken decent care of my body and am in OK physical shape. I spend a fair bit of time with my wife and kids. I care about the people I lead at work and church. I don’t say too many things that I regret. I don’t regret too many purchases; my bank account balance is on the plus side and the only dept I have is a mortgage. I enjoy my life.

But I know that if I want to really know God, what I have to do will be to die to self. And I mean really die to self. That the status quo won’t work and that being a casual Christian won’t suffice. Truly knowing God the ways I say I want to know God will require a lot of effort and time and energy and sacrifice. Am I willing to do all of that? I say that I am, but I’m not sure my actions line up with my talk. And my fear is, I won’t be willing go there.

In the editor’s introduction he makes a few statements to get us thinking early:

Any work that does not flow from worship is unacceptable to God. And, after all, it is God we are trying to please, not man. (p 11)

Quoting Tozer from another source he writes:

No man has any right to die until he has served his generation

Chapter 1. The Tragedy of Human Depravity

After a quick recounting of the story of the fall from Genesis he points out “Already they hard learned to blame somebody else for the condition of their soul. This blaming someone else for all our inequities is one of the great evidences of sin and is the forerunner of religion.”

Religion only addresses man’s external condition, not his internal confusion.

That biblically defined purpose is that we might worship God and enjoy him forever. (See my family catachism: question 1)

Chapter 2. Searching for Man’s Lost Identity

I have wonderful news for you. God, who made us…did not give up on us. He did not say to the angels, “Write them off and block them away from my memory.” Rather, He said, “I still want that mirror to shine in which I can look and see My glory. I still want to be admired in My people I still want a people to enjoy Me and to love Me forever.” OUt of this insatiable passion, God sent His only begotton Son, and He became incarnated in the form of a man; and when He walked the earch, He was the reflected glory of God. God, finally, had His man.

…God now is busy redeeming the people back to Him again, back to the original purpose, to be mirrors reflecting God’s glory.

Chapter 3. Discovering the Hart of Man’s Nature

…we do not believer wer are as dear to God as He says we are. We do not believe we are as precious or that He desires us as much as He says He does.

We would finally discover our purpose: that God delights in us, and longs for our fellowship.

Chapter 4.

I’ll continue to add more in the coming days

Chapter 14.