Culture by A.W. Tozer has exponentially increased my awareness of living a Christ-filled life in everyday engagements. In the first chapter “The Sacrament of Living,” Tozer beautifully illustrated the necessity of practicing a spirit of prayer and keeping a mindset of doing everything for the glory of Christ, even the aimless and trivial domestic chores we carelessly execute. It brought an understanding that previously I failed to grasp. That everything in our lives – not just evangelizing on the side of the street once a month- is momentous to our walk with Christ. And what’s more, he put forth the idea that we should cherish the mundane.
Tozer begins this chapter with 1 Corinthians 10:31. “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do it all to the glory of God.” He ends it with a prayer that eloquently describes the lifestyle we should strive after, “I long to live in restful sincerity of heart.”
This book focuses on the concept, correspondingly to the first chapter, that we are enabled, through Christ, to impact our culture, our society, and our circles by glorifying Christ in our bodies, words, and actions.
“We have the peculiar contradiction of believing the right thing and living the wrong way, a strange anomaly within the church everywhere.”
“When the spirit of prayer is on us, the spirit praying in us to the God above us will get things done around us.”