Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Words worth pondering

Consider these words from John Piper's What Jesus Demands from the World:

[Jesus] did not die to make this life easy for us or prosperous. He died to remove every obstacle to our everlasting joy in making much of him. And he calls us to follow him in his sufferings because this life of joyful suffering for Jesus' sake (Matt. 5:12) shows that he is more valuable than all the earthly rewards that the world lives for (Matt. 13:44; 6:19-20). If you follow Jesus only because he makes life easy now, it will look to the world as though you really love what they love, and Jesus just happens to provide it for you. But if you suffer with Jesus in the pathway of love because he is your supreme treasure, then it will be apparent to the world that your heart is set on a different fortune than theirs. This is why Jesus demands that we deny ourselves and take up our cross and follow him.

7 comments:

  1. Isn't that the truth? He never said the cross would be comfortable - but its true that denying yourself for HIS cause brings such joy.

    Good thoughts, John. Thank you for sharing them, Lisa.

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  2. I've been pondering this very thing this year. It seems to be what God is speaking to me anyway.

    I often think of Daniel and Joseph. their lives were definitely not easy but they certainly did God's work. Oh to be a Daniel!

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  3. We earthly, privileged beings in the USA really need to be reminded of this for sure...

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  4. Wow. I pray that I will be faithful to Jesus and find my joy in Him. Sometimes it's so shamefully easy to be distracted by other things. This thought is not easy, but it is necessary. His grace is sufficient.

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  5. Deep, wise words.

    Flies in the face of the popular prosperity gospel, that's for sure!

    Worth reading and rereading over and over again.

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  6. Thanks for visiting!!! I loved your bird poop story :)

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  7. Hmmmm Words to live by! Amen! Thank you!

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