“Every man must choose his world.” With these six words, A.W. Tozer powerfully calls us to decision. The choice? To believe only what we can perceive through our senses or to believe God and the invisible realities He says exist. Tozer’s point is simply this: we can choose to believe in spiritual realities or not. Faith is not something we are forced into but something we choose.
Listen again to Tozer. “If we would rise into the region of light and power plainly beckoning us through the Scriptures of truth we must break the evil habit of ignoring the spiritual. We must shift our interest from the seen to the unseen. For the great unseen Reality is God.”
This choice of worlds is not a decision disconnected from daily life—it bears directly upon 24/7 living. It shapes our values, our attitudes, our goals, our thoughts, our actions whether it’s 10:15 a.m. Sunday or 8:30 p.m. Friday or noon on Monday. It becomes the world in which we live.
The month we are entering brings this decision to the fore. Christmas commemorates something completely other-worldly: the Incarnation of God. It is that singular event in history when God clothed Himself with humanity in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. Astounding beyond description. A spiritual reality to be believed or rejected.
Our culture works overtime to bury that reality beneath thick layers of commercialism and consumerism. These layers are shining and glittering but smothering none the less. Only by conscious choice can we focus the eye of faith beyond the tinsel to the Savior, to the God of the universe who came as a human infant to save mankind.
To help us focus on the spiritual realities of Christmas, we will have a three-part Christmas sermon series entitled “God’s Christmas Gift for You!” (Dec. 15, 22, 29), a children’s Christmas program at 7:00pm on December 20, a Christmas Eve worship service, and the singing of Christmas carols throughout the season!
With Tozer’s challenge in mind, let’s choose well!