Wednesday, February 6, 2008

"Now I ask for God"

"For the first two or three years after my conversion, I used to pray for specific things. Now I ask for God. Supposing there is a tree full of fruits, you will have to go and buy or beg the fruits from the owner of the tree. Every day you would have to go for one or two fruits. But if you can make the tree your own property, then all the fruits will be your own. In the same way, if God is your own, then all things in heaven and on earth will be your own, because he is your Father and is everything to you . . . . So ask not for gifts, but for the Giver of gifts; not for life, but for the Giver of life -- then life and the things needed for life will be added unto you."

Sadhu Sundar Singh, quoted in B. H. Streeter and A. J. Appasamy, The Message of Sadhu Sundar Singh, page 74.

"The man who has God for his treasure has all things in One. Many ordinary treasures may be denied him, or if he is allowed to have them, the enjoyment of them will be so tempered that they will never be necessary to his happiness. Or if he must see them go, one after one, he will scarcely feel a sense of loss, for having the Source of all things, he has in One all satisfaction, all pleasure, all delight. Whatever he may lose he has actually lost nothing, for he now has it all in One, and he has it purely, legitimately, forever."

A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God, page 20.

"'God is love, and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.' This qualification must render the person that has it excellent and happy indeed, and doubtless is the highest dignity and blessedness of any creature. This is the peculiar gift of God, which he bestows only on his special favorites. As to silver, gold and diamonds, earthly crowns and kingdoms, he often throws them out to those whom he esteems as dogs and swine."

Jonathan Edwards, Works, II:50.