Friday, January 7, 2011

the bottom of my joy....

This morning I listened to John Piper talking at Passion 2011, his talk was called "Getting to the Bottom of Your Joy." And I think that it was great to hear at the beginning of this new year. What brings me joy in life...what is the root and foundation of my happiness? Is it myself, or is it the greatness of my God working through me? It is truly something to think about....and if you haven't heard Piper talk about this, here's the link to go hear it for yourself....

http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/conference-messages/getting-to-the-bottom-of-your-joy#

Its a good hour long, so make sure you've got the time to sit there and really hear what he's saying. Its good stuff.
What is my happiness? What is the bottom of my joy? Here is the question Piper poses at the beginning of the talk "Do I feel loved by God because I believe He makes much of me, or because I believe He frees me and empowers me to enjoy making life about Him?
Do I worship the things I do, or the things God does through me? When I chose to be born again in Him, I chose to keep Him as my core, my foundation, and lose myself. In losing self, I gained everything- but do I truly live that way or are my desires still the same of my old worldly self? I am a child of God and am set to gain the inheritance of this world through Him...so I no longer NEED the things of this world- but does my heart truly live that and reflect that? Who am I to think that I can do better than Him or that I deserve any recognition. Even Jesus Christ's birth was to bring Glory to the Lord (Luke 2:10-14) Tells the story of His birth, and that yes, a savior was born...but even in that the angels sang Glory to God in the Highest. The birth of my savior was soley to bring glory and honor to God!
All acts of love that God does for me, are just the same...soley to show the profound grace and power of Him.
Self, or worldly self centered living...can NEVER satisfy a heart that was made for God.
I hope that makes sense, and I hope that at the beginning of this year we can remember what our true core is supposed to be and reflect.
Other quotes from John Piper:

"If you don't feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because you have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Your soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great."

"Fight for us, O God, that we not drift numb and blind and foolish into vain and empty excitements. Life is too short, too precious, too painful to waste on worldly bubbles that burst. Heaven is too great, hell is too horrible, eternity is too long that we should putter around on the porch of eternity."

"If you live gladly to make others glad in God, your life will be hard, your risks will be high, and your joy will be full."

God created us for this: to live our lives in a way that makes him look more like the greatness and the beauty and the infinite worth that he really is. This is what it means to be created in the image of God."
"Its about the greatness of God, not the significance of man. God made man small and the universe big to say something about himself."

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