Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Pleasures of Earth

"It is not the banquet of the wicked that dulls our appetite for heaven, but endless nibbling at the table of the world. It is not the X-rated video, but the prime time dribble of triviality that we drink in every night. For all the ill that Satan can do, when God describes what keeps us from the banquet table of His love, it is a piece of land, a yoke of oxen, and a wife (Luke 14:18-20). The greatest adversary of love to God is not His enemies, but His gifts. And the most deadly appetites are not for the poison of evil, but for the simple pleasures of earth. For when these replace an appetite for God Himself, the idolatry is scarcely recognizable, and almost incurable." - John Piper

This is a strong word that cuts to the core of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus - to lose one's life in order to have true life. It is this inordinate love for this life - for created things - that blinds us to the poor, to the battle, to the mission, and most of all, to fully loving Jesus.

But as Piper points out, these things often are indeed gifts from God. How then does the disciple of Jesus use the things of this world, and even enjoy them, while counting all of it loss for the sake of Christ? How do our values come into line with what is actually valuable?

Think about it...

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Anonymous Steve Martin said...

I go to the banquet table of God's love and receive that meal...each time the Lord's Supper is offered.

It is the gift that the world could never buy.

We are all poor stewards of God's gifts. Thanks be to God that He knows this and forgives us.

Hid law and His gospel will keep us where we need to be....repentance and forgiveness...that's the shape of the life of the believer.

October 28, 2009 at 9:55 PM  
Blogger Batman said...

hey daddy

November 7, 2009 at 5:10 PM  

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