Friday, February 23, 2007

We Were Made for So Much More

Thoughts I compiled after listening to John Piper’s teaching about joy.

Christ will give you himself so you don’t need health, wealth and prosperity to be happy. You will have Christ and therefore you can give it all up if Christ so calls.

Christ is much bigger than the American Dream. His joy (delight) is not icing on the cake of your decision for Christ. In fact, if all you have is a decision and no delight (in him), then you don’t have Christ. You are not saved by a decision, you are saved by Christ in you and therefore you are transformed. It creates a new you that falls out of love with the world as you fall into love with God. Every day is a decision to love God and not the world. Live each day for God.

Happiness is not to be put above God’s glory. Your happiness should be in God’s glory. “God is most glorified in you when you are most satisfied in him.”

True joy isn’t about you feeling good about yourself (“low-level, powerless American Gospel message”). It is about you forgetting about yourself and living for God and others.

Why does God do everything he does; to make you happy, because he loves you so much, or maybe to display his glory for the full and lasting enjoyment of those who find, in Christ, their highest treasure? You were made for God’s glory!

Why are you forgiven, why do you exist?
· I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. Is. 43:25
· If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Ptr 4:11 He supplies strength to serve his glory.

God does everything for his glory and this is why we are created - for his glory.

Here’s an interesting question. Did Jesus die for us or for God? YES. Incredible!

Ask yourself this question every day. “Is my life glorifying God?”

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