Monday, March 28, 2011

Where your treasure is....

Reading John Piper, The Dangerous duty of delight, I can't help but be blown away by his passion for Christ.

He challenges me to "make much" of Christ and to live a life where Christ is prized and treasured as my greatest gain!
I want to treasure Christ in my heart so that I can say with the apostle Paul "For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain" and to "count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ"

I want the all satisfying treasure Christ. Only He can fully satisfy our very lives. He is magnified as a glorious treasure when He becomes our unrivalled pleasure.
In a world where we seek to fill our lives with meaning and satisfy our desires with stuff, sex, drink, drugs, and anything that is NOT God. (Even as Christians!) We will always fail to fill that longing in our hearts. We will never be completely satisfied, we will always want the next big thing, latest craze, most fashionable items until we make Christ the thing that we long for! Then and only then will we find full and complete satisfaction. If we make Him our treasure, our hearts will find rest from the turmoil that life throws at us and we will be able to say with confidence "For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain!"


Ben Parker said...

I wonder if John Piper's passion grows out of a settled conviction that Jesus is the greatest treasure. Perhaps passion isn't willed but learned?

Lorna's Ark said...

Then I need to learn it! Because I desire that He is my greatest treasure, so maybe reading His word and thinking about my sin and the cost of paying for that sin, and thinking and dwelling on Jesus and who He is will lead me to love Him more thus treasure Him more?!