As I was reading today, I was particularly struck by a statement Tozer makes about salvation: “The Church will come out of her doldrums when we find out that salvation is not a light bulb only, that it is not an insurance policy against hell only, but that it is a gateway into God and that God is all that we would have and can desire.”
Tozer goes on to say “… when you get into God, “with Christ in God,” then you’re on a journey into infinity, into infinitude… where there are numberless experiences and spiritual epochs and crises that can take place in your life while you are journeying out into the heart of God in Christ.”
In this chapter, Tozer often quotes from a book written 600 years ago by Lady Julian of Norwich: “I saw that God is to us everything that is good and comfortable. He is our clothing; His love wrappeth us and claspeth us and all encloseth us for His tender love, that He may never leave us, being to us all that is good.”
I can’t stop thinking about this concept… that Salvation is a gateway into God. That this gateway leads to all that we would have and can desire. I ask myself, is God *really* all to me that is good and comfortable? Am I wrapped, clasped and enclosed into Him like clothing?
I long to see passed the “utilitarian heaven” where golden streets lead to Hollywood style mansions, with luxury cars and gourmet accessories and, instead, be consumed with the vision Lady Julian had of heaven, that “heaven will be heaven because the Trinity will fill our hearts with “joy without end… everlasting love and joy and bliss.”
What does that mean to you? What does this look like in the life of a 21st century, post-modern, American believer? How can we, as the Body of Christ, move into and beyond the vast infinitude of God’s numberless perfect attributes?