“Narrow is the mansion of my soul; enlarge Thou it, that Thou mayest enter in.” ~Augustine of Hippo
A.W. Tozer says this in response to Augustine’s prayer:
“How vastly different is this from the self-satisfied spirit we see everywhere these days. To be saved appears to be the highest ambition of most Christians today. To have eternal life and know it is the highest aspiration of many. Here they begin and here they end. Around this one theme they build their narrow temples, and in these cramped confines they sing their congratulatory songs and offer their cheery thanks.
“The widest thing in the universe is not space; it is the potential capacity of the human heart. Being made in the image of God, it is capable of almost unlimited extension in all directions. And one of the world’s worst tragedies is that we allow our hearts to shrink until there is room in them for little beside ourselves.
“Of all the persons Christians should have the largest hearts; to them the narrowing of the heart should be an unthinkable calamity. They should seek for inner enlargement till their outward dimension gives no hint of the vastness within. To be great outwardly and small within is a kind of hypocrisy, but the modesty that hides a spacious interior under a simple exterior must be most pleasing to God.
“Godliness suggests Godlikeness, and to be Godlike is certainly to be magnanimous. God enfolds the world in His heart and contains the created universe. Restricted sympathies make us unlike God, and the bravest thing we can do is admit it.” ~A.W. Tozer, The Root of Righteousness
In preparing our hearts for Christmas, let’s not forget how magnanimous is our God. Stop, right now and meditate on the height and depth and width of His love. Yes, this meditation humbles my heart too and inspires me to pray with Augustine, “Enlarge Thou it, Lord!”