Wednesday, September 20, 2006

"Many professing Christians enjoy sports and television and secular books and magazines and recreation and hobbies and games far more than they enjoy direct interaction with God in his word or in worship or in reading Christian books or in meditative strolls.

Therefore inevitably people whose hearts are set more on the pleasures of the world than on the enjoyment of God will feel the sabbath command as a burden not a blessing. This is what John says in 1 John 5:3, "For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome." The measure of your love for God is the measure of the joy you get in focussing on him on the day of rest. For most people the sabbath command is really a demand to repent. It invites us to enjoy what we don't enjoy and therefore shows us the evil of hearts, and our need to repent and be changed."

- John Piper


Matthew Jabs said...

Ahh...this is a good post.

Here's my spin. At different times in my life I've felt closer or more distant from the Lord (as I'm sure we all have). The times when I feel His presence strongly, the joys to worship him are great & everything else seems vain indeed. However, if I do not feel close to him (be it due to my sin or whatever the cause may be, the fault is always mine) I am less likely to enjoy or go out of my way to commune with him, widening again the gap already in place.

Sometimes, it's not as easy to get back where you need to be, repentance is of the Lord & my attempts at repentance are vain unless He is at the source.

I believe this is why Christians sometimes steer toward the world...because it's easier.

In closing, I never feel more peaceful, than when I'm living my life at Christ's disposal; leaving the things of the world behind without even looking back! I come not to this place of mine own will, but because He places me there Himself! We must also remember, different lives are at different points in their Christian walk, being less or more discerning than you or I at any given moment.

Boanerges said...

Hey buddy, get your own blog...ha ha

Great point Matt. We are in a war! We take the easy path and lose battle after battle but the Captain of our salvation chastens us and puts us back on the right path.

Someone in the early 1500's I think termed this 'Perseverance of the Saints'