Paul N. F. (7 Feb 2011)

By A. W. Tozer

Giving thanks always. . . in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 (Ephesians 5:20)

    To be grateful to God's servants is to be grateful to God; and it
 follows that in a very real sense we thank God when we thank
His people!

    We will always have spiritual leaders, and I think we make two
mistakes in our attitudes toward them. One is not being sufficiently
grateful to them. The other is in following them too slavishly.

    The first is a sin of omission, and because it is something that
 is not there, it is not likely to be noticed
as a sin that is plainly present.

    We do make a serious mistake when we become so attached
to the preaching or writing of a great Christian leader that we
accept his teaching without daring to examine it. We should follow
men only as they follow the Lord. We should keep an open mind
lest we become blind followers of a man whose breath is in his

    Learn from every holy man and his ministry.  Be grateful to
every one of them and thankful for them,  and then follow Christ!
Yours in Christ,
Paul N. F.