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-The Compelling Call…A Lost Reality Today! by A.W. Tozer

Posted by Scott on January 6, 2008

Tozer Daily Devotional

Some things may be neglected with but little loss to the spiritual life, but to neglect communion with God is to hurt ourselves where we cannot afford it.


A. W. Tozer
Read about A. W. Tozer

The Compelling Call

For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel! –1 Corinthians 9:16

The true minister is one not by his own choice but by the sovereign commission of God. From a study of the Scriptures one might conclude that the man God calls seldom or never surrenders to the call without considerable reluctance. The young man who rushes too eagerly into the pulpit at first glance seems to be unusually spiritual, but he may in fact only be revealing his lack of understanding of the sacred nature of the ministry.

The old rule, “Don’t preach if you can get out of it,” if correctly understood, is still a good one. The call of God comes with an insistence that will not be denied and can scarcely by resisted. Moses fought his call strenuously and lost to the compulsion of the Spirit within him; and the same may be said of many others in the Bible and since Bible times. Christian biography shows that many who later became great Christian leaders at first tried earnestly to avoid the burden of the ministry; but I cannot offhand recall one single instance of a prophet’s having applied for the job. The true minister simply surrenders to the inward pressure and cries, “Woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!” God Tells the Man Who Cares, 87-88.

“Lord, I’m here in this ministry not because I chose to be, but because I’ve sensed your call on my life. Help me always to be faithful to that call, in the power of Your Holy Spirit. Amen.”


Today’s “Insight for Leaders” is taken by permission from the book, Tozer on Christian Leadership, published by WingSpread Publishers


This Insight for Leaders devotional is also available in a print-friendly format here on the LMI web site.

-Scott Bailey 2008

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