Piper Devotional 4

Today’s journal entry on John Piper’s devotional book Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ.

Matthew 25:21 – Well done good and faithful servant… Enter the joy of your master.”

New believers have asked me on numerous occasions what we have been saved from. It’s a valid question but I think the more important question rather than what have we been saved from is what have we been saved for. Or maybe a more accurate question would be WHO have we been saved for. When we view it from the standpoint of being saved for a purpose rather than from a purpose, I believe life can be fully lived because now we have a goal to live for rather than an end to escape from. That someone is obviously God and we are saved for His glory and fame. We are saved to boast in who He is and what He has done.

Some believe that God is boring. They believe that the Christian life is prudish. I stand to disagree for Jesus himself said that he not just came to give us life, but to give us an abundant life. Living an abundant life can be extreme however, if we choose to not live abundantly, by faith, then we are the ones to blame that church and the Christian life is boring or lame. I can’t imagine in the three years the disciples sent with Jesus they would ever claim that was a boring time in their life. I would venture to say their most boring moments came when they were out in their boats fishing.

Our God desires to bring us joy, not just happiness. Feelings are fleeting but attitudes are stable. The attitude of joy is as Peter preached in Acts 2 paraphrasing Psalm 16, “I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right-hand never to be shaken, therefore my heart was glad and my tongue rejoiced… For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption… You will make me full of gladness with your presence.”

The joy that Jesus had just before the cross is not a feeling that he had but an attitude of being where God had placed Him (Hebrews 12:2). It’s the same attitude we receive when we know we are doing exactly what God has called us to, an abundant life. It’s not boring or prudish. It’s an exciting life full of ups and downs that bring us into a spiritual maturity that boasts in God. That is why we are saved.


About Kevin Riner
child of grace, worshiper of Jesus, husband, father, Pastor of Village Church, author of Faith Debugged

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