Have you ever known true joy? Do you have this joy in your life right now? If you are longing for fulfillment, for true joy, please read on.
1. God Created Us For His Glory
“Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth… whom I created for my glory” (Isaiah 43:6-7).
made us to magnify his greatness—the way telescopes magnify stars. He
created us to put his goodness and truth and beauty and wisdom and
justice on display. The greatest display of God’s glory comes from deep
delight in all that he is. This means that God gets the praise and we
get the pleasure. God created us so that he is most glorified in us when
we are most satisfied in him.
2. Every Human Should Live For God’s Glory
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).
God made us for his glory, clearly we should live for his glory. Our
duty comes from his design. So our first obligation is to show God’s
value by being satisfied with all that he is for us. This is the essence
of loving God (Matthew 22:37) and trusting him (1 John 5:3-4) and being
thankful to him (Psalm 100:2-4). It is the root of all true obedience,
especially loving others (Colossians 1:4-5).
3. All of Us Have Failed To Glorify God As We Should
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
does it mean to “fall short of the glory of God?” It means that none of
us has trusted and treasured God the way we should. We have not been
satisfied with his greatness and walked in his ways. We have sought our
satisfaction in other things and have treated them as more valuable than
God, which is the essence of idolatry (Romans 1:21-23). Since sin came
into the world, we have all been deeply resistant to having God as our
all-satisfying treasure (Ephesians 2:3). This is an appalling offense to
the greatness of God (Jeremiah 2:12-13).
4. All Of Us Are Subject To God’s Just Condemnation
“For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23)
have all belittled the glory of God. How? By preferring other things
above him. By our ingratitude, distrust, and disobedience. So God is
just in shutting us out from the enjoyment of his glory forever. “They
will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the
presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might” (2 Thessalonians
The word “hell” is used in the New Testament
twelve times—eleven times by Jesus himself. It is not a myth created by
dismal and angry preachers. It is a solemn warning from the Son of God
who died to deliver sinners from its curse. We ignore it at great risk.
the Bible stopped here in its analysis of the human condition, we would
be doomed to a hopeless future. However, this is not where it stops…
5. God Sent His Only Son Jesus To Provide Eternal Life And Joy
saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ
Jesus came into the world to save sinners…” (1 Timothy 1:15).
good news is that Christ died for sinners like us. And he rose
physically from the dead to validate the saving power of his death and
to open the gates of eternal life and joy (1 Corinthians 15:20). This
means God can acquit guilty sinners and still be just (Romans 3:25-26).
“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the
unrighteous, that he might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). Coming home
to God is where all deep and lasting satisfaction is found.
6. The Benefits Purchased By The Death Of Christ Belong To Those Who Repent And Trust Him
therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts
3:19). “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).
means to turn from all the deceitful promises of sin. “Faith” means
being satisfied with all that God promised to be for us in Jesus.
“Whoever believes in me,” Jesus says, “shall never thirst” (John 6:35).
We do not earn our salvation. We cannot merit it (Romans 4:4-5). It is
by grace through faith that we are saved (Ephesians 2:8-9). It is a free
gift (Romans 3:24).
We will have it if we cherish it
enough to receive it and treasure it above all things (Matthew 13:44).
When we do that, God’s aim in creation is accomplished: He is glorified
in us and we are satisfied in him—forever.
Does This Make Sense To You?
you desire the kind of gladness that comes from being satisfied with
all that God is for you in Jesus? If so, then God is at work in your
What Should You Do?
from the deceitful promises of sin. Call upon Jesus to save you from
the guilt and punishment and bondage. “Everyone who calls on the name of
the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13). Start banking your hope on all
that God is for you in Jesus. You can break the power of sin’s promises
by putting your faith in the superior satisfaction of God’s promises.
Begin reading the Bible to find his precious and very great promises,
which can set you free (2 Peter 1:3-4). Find a Bible-believing church,
and begin to worship and grow together with other people who treasure
Christ above all things (Philippians 3:7).
by John Piper, who has been Pastor for Preaching and Vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis MN for 33 years.
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