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David Timms

 Prayer for Today

Father, help me to see those things that I love more than You and grant me the courage and the strength to put you again on the throne of my life. I want to want You more than anything else. Quicken me by Your Spirit to see the truth about my choices, and draw me nearer to You. Amen.

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“I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value
of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord...."  ~ Philippians 3:8


The Way of Renunciation

A.W. Tozer concluded that “if we would indeed know God in growing intimacy, we must go the way of renunciation.” Most of us don’t want to know Him that badly. Affirmation sounds far more appealing than renunciation. We’d like easy change and settle for cheap intimacy.

It’s not that we feel rebellious or cynical. Many of us want a deeper walk with Him—but at minimal cost, please. We’d like a large dollop of God on the side. Who wants a plate of just Him? And everything else takes center-stage, at His expense.

We hold firmly onto our ambition. We insist on our habits and hobbies. We pursue pleasure and security, irresistibly attracted to our dreams, consumed by a passion to achieve and a drive to succeed.

Conversely, we provide safe harbor for our hurts, fears, anger, lust, and envy despite the raw wounds they inflict on us. And much as we’d like to be free of them, we feed them too by refusing to renounce them.

All of these—the good, the bad, and the very ugly—rule in our hearts because we fail to pursue the Father with intensity … and renunciation.

Even as a pastor, I found myself at times more devoted to pursuing the church than pursuing God. I satisfied myself with doing the work of the Kingdom rather than walking with the King. My “calling” subtly became self-serving. All I had renounced, at times, was the way of renunciation.

God created us to enjoy Him first, and any deviation from that biblical truth—that creation purpose—ultimately yields little more than futility and frustration. Yet we persist in our pursuit of “the other.” Tozer observes: “God’s gifts now take the place of God, and the whole course of nature is upset by the monstrous substitution.”

Will we walk the way of renunciation?

Our reservations are understandable. Renunciation sounds like a descent into passivity, aimlessness, and nothingness. But biblical renunciation never leaves a void. Jesus invites us to take up our cross … and follow Him. It’s a breathless step to take, and requires more courage than most of us can muster. But deep, rich, and authentic intimacy with God requires His exclusive access to the throne of our hearts.

What have we grown to love more than Him?

Will we bravely walk the way of renunciation?





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David Timms serves in the Graduate Ministry Department at Hope International University in Fullerton, California. "In HOPE", however, is not an official publication of the University and the views expressed are not necessarily those of the Administrators or Board. "In HOPE" has been a regular e-publication since January, 2001.