I once tried to listen to a John Piper audio book while on a treadmill.
He has an incredible ability to make every sentence weighty. I often read his writing several times to grasp the depth.
The following sentence stands out among the many truths taught by this pastor and author. I’m pondering it once again, especially in light of the 52 Ways to Glorify God series.
“God is most glorified in me when I am most satisfied in Him.
With that statement, Piper said:
“The burden of my ministry is to make plain to others that ‘The steadfast love of the Lord is better than life’ (Psalm 63:3). And if it is better than life, it is better than all that life in this world offers. This means that what satisfies is not the gifts of God, but the glory of God — the glory of His power, the glory of His wisdom, holiness, justice, goodness and truth.
“None of us has arrived at perfect satisfaction in God. I grieve often over the murmuring of my heart at the loss of worldly comforts. But I have tasted that the Lord is good. By God’s grace I now know the fountain of everlasting joy. And so I love to spend my days luring people into joy until they say with me, ‘One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple’” (Psalm 27:4).
This truth, if applied, will completely change the trajectory of our lives. It will move us from a self-focused, self-seeking, all about me life, to a God-seeking, God-loving, God-glorifying life. It will lead us to the joy we seek in so many other ways.
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