John Piper has a quote in his book “Desiring God”.
John Piper Quote:
“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”
I could now discuss the proofs for such a claim but I am not going to. John Piper does a far better job of explaining this than I ever could. So we move forward, accepting Mr. Piper’s conclusion that we can best give glory to God when we ar emost satisfied in God.
What is our purpose?
This is a big question. One that I think we can all see does not have a simple answer that gives us what we seek. Our purpose is to give God glory. But how? What do we do? These are the things we are looking for when we ask what our purpose is. So often we get answers that sound religious and right and we accept them but later we come back to the question of “What is our purpose?” because we have not been satisfied, we have not asked the right question.
Maybe this is the right question:
So what should I be doing to be satisfied with God?
Are we satisfied right now? Or are we accepting mediocrity?
—Esau Sells His Birthright—
29Once when Jacob was cooking stew, Esau came in from the field, and he was exhausted. 30And Esau said to Jacob, “Let me eat some of that red stew, for I am exhausted!” 31Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright now.” 32Esau said, “I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?” 33Jacob said, “Swear to me now.” So he swore to him and sold his birthright to Jacob. 34Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank and rose and went his way.
Esau may have thought he was satisfied since he got some food, but he lost his inheritance. I can’t imagine being truly satisfied after giving up something great for something as mediocre as dinner. But do we give up great things for mediocrity? Is what we are doing today what we dream of, is it what drives us? Is it what brings us to be satisfied with God thus giving Him glory?
Delight yourself in the LORD,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
God want’s us to delight in Him. He wants us to be happy and fulfilled. When we delight in God He gives us the desire of our heart. He gives us purpose. He gives us passion. He gives us drive. Because He desires the best for us. So then what makes us pound the table with immense excitement and passion? What do we dream of doing? Maybe these questions can help us to see what our driving passion is, help us to see what desire God is placing in our heart.
1. What do you dream of as the perfect life?
2. What would you do if you could do anything and nothing could hold you back, not money, nor people?
3. What is most frightening to you as you consider pursuing your dream?
4. What is the greatest risk of pursuing your dream? Is it worth it?
5. What is the greatest risk of not pursuing your dream? Is it worth it?
Lay Up Treasures in Heaven
19″Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
We often read this passage and focus on the treasure. Where is it? We often look at our bank account to see where our treasure is. This is valuable for us to do. But how about where is our heart? And then ask if our treasure is there with it. We often times believe our heart is somewhere it is not. We have a deep desire for something yet our treasure is not there. If not, then why not? We often settle for mediocrity instead of going for our dreams. We accept what we are doing right now and hope to be able to do what our deep desire is further down the road of life. But in doing this do we not place our treasure outside of the desire that God is leading us to? When we delight in God he gives us the desires of our heart, our dreams. What we dream to become and aspire to does not and should not be in conflict with us following God. It can be, lets not be mistaken about this. But as we seek our delight in the Lord he will grant us the desires of our heart. This is not to say that he will give us possessions that we want. It is to say that he will give us the desire, the passion, the drive, for what we want most to do and be in life. He will give us the deep burning desire of our heart. Let us not lose the dream of being great for God and settle for what is only satisfying right now. This is mediocrity. We laugh at Esau for giving up a great inheritance for a bowl of soup. But are we giving up a great dream and purpose from God for the mediocrity of the moment?