A.W. Tozer was one of the most famous preachers that America ever produced. He served as the pastor of Chicago’s Southside Alliance Church for thirty years, but he is best known as the author of many books on the Christian life. Tozer described the paradoxical life of the Christian as follows:
He feels supreme love for One whom he has never seen. He talks familiarly every day to Someone he cannot see, expects to go to Heaven on the virtue of Another, empties himself in order that he might be full, admits he is wrong so he can be declared right, goes down in order to get up.
He is strongest when he is weakest, richest when he is poorest and happiest when he feels worst. He dies so he can live, forsakes in order to have, gives away so he can keep, sees the invisible, hears the inaudible and knows that which passeth knowledge.
Take the time to reread Tozer’s description and linger a while on each sentence. If you are a genuine Christian, you should easily find yourself in Tozer’s words. You should also get some inkling as to why Christianity is so downright confusing to so many people.