One of the areas I am growing in is the glorification of God.
To quote Piper
God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.
This seems to be a constant cycle of realization, confession, repentance, forgiveness, and changing the what and way I desire things and accomplish tasks to be in line with the created order.
Not perfection, but a deep longing to glorify the Lord in everything.
This longing for the Lord’s glorification spills over as a desire for you. That you too would know Christ and the beauty of His action on the Cross. The forgiveness of sins that comes through His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension.
His great love for you. And the grace that comes from having Him receive punishment instead of us.
If this seems tormenting – that He would be put to death instead of us – recall that He did not remain dead! The injustice we placed upon Christ has been corrected through His resurrection. And we, who were once indebted, are given grace through this payment, His faithful acts.
Now our life’s purpose is to be most satisfied with Him, to make Him first, and to walk out Matthew 28:16-20.
For those who don’t know Christ or the story of His great love for you, let me buy you a coffee.
For those who do, here is the reason that I am writing this post (among sharing the Gospel, trying to express my daily need for satisfaction in God, etc.) –
In a sermon entitled, ‘All Authority in Heaven and on Earth,’ John Piper gives a practical set of scriptures that he prays for those who do not know Christ. The strength of this was overwhelming to me as I am pressing more and more into Scripture as I pray. I wanted to share it with you:
How do you pray for the salvation of others?
God my hearts desire is that you would save X!
Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. – Romans 10:1
Take out the heart of stone and replace it with a heart of flesh!
And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. – Ezekiel 36:26
Make them born again, give them a living hope!
Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. – 1 Peter 1:3
Raise them from spiritual death!
even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— – Ephesians 2:5
Bring them to Christ, overcome their resistance.
And all the while know, from Matthew 28:18, that Christ has the authority to do this.