It is not a cheerful thought that millions of us who live in a land of Bibles, who belong to churches and labor to promote the Christian religion, may yet pass our whole life on this earth without once having thought or tried to think seriously about the being of God. Few of us have let our hearts gaze in wonder at the I AM, the self-existent Self back of which no creature can think. Such thoughts are too painful for us. We prefer to think where it will do more good—about how to build a better mousetrap, for instance, or how to make two blades of grass grow where one grew before. And for this we are now paying a too heavy price in the secularization of our religion and the decay of our inner lives.
—A. W. Tozer
The Knowledge of the Holy, 27
Many low and carnal considerations may work men to watch their words, their lives, their actions; as hope of gain, or to please friends, or to get a name in the world, and many other such like considerations. Oh! but to watch our thoughts, to weep and lament over them, etc., this must needs be from some noble, spiritual, and internal principle, as love to God, a holy fear of God, a holy care and delight to please the Lord.
—Charles H. Spurgeon
Day by day, dear Lord,
of Thee three things I pray:
to see Thee more clearly,
to love Thee more dearly,
to follow Thee more nearly.
—Prayer of Richard of Chichester (1197-1253)
He took to himself what He was not,
while remaining what He was;
He came to us in a man
without ever departing from the Father (in heaven);
He continued to be what He is
while appearing to us as what we are;
His divine power was confined in the body of an infant
without (His presence) being withdrawn from the (entire) universe.
Sermon in A. D. 396