I will be making two posts today. The first will be based on my reading from Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ by John Piper. I got the book about a year ago at a back to school event at church and never got around to reading through it. I’m starting now. I haven’t even made it through the first chapter and already I have something to write about. The first chapter is entitled: The Ultimate Aim of Jesus Christ and what I want to touch on is a quote and two verses.
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:6
That was one of the opening verses of the chapter. Christ’s aim. Let light shine. Another way one might describe a shining light is glory being given, God being worshiped, Christ’s love being shown, etc. And is not the sole purpose of God sending His son to glorify Him and bring others to Him so that He may be glorified more? It just makes sense. The second verse is this,
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.
Isn’t that kind of depressing? Sure, that’s the whole idea of free will…but it’s still sad. To know that, if we do not let light shine out of darkness, God will cut us off and leave us to our own devices. Maybe it’s not necessarily sad, but rather scary. I also think it’s kind of chill of God to do that. To let us screw ourselves over and make our own mistakes without Him by our side. It is in moments like that that God really appears as a true father in my eyes. When a person reaches a certain age (or even as a little kid) your parents tend to let you do certain things and learn your own lessons because you’re too stubborn to take the advice of your parents. As a parent they (or God) is taking the risk of you getting sucked in to your bad decisions and losing you, perhaps forever. But they do it because they love us.
Finally, I have a quote to share.
The point is this: We were made to know and treasure the glory of God above all things; and when we trade that treasure for images, everything is disordered. The sun of God’s glory was made to shine at the center of the solar system of our soul. And when it does, all the planets of our life are held in their proper orbit. But when the sun is displaced, everything flies apart. The healing of the soul begins by restoring the glory of God to its flaming, all-attracting place at the center.
I’m not going to add to that, just let it sink in and think on it.