The Lord gave me time today away from the work I am doing on some of our translations. So, I took with me John Piper’s book, Why I Love the Apostle Paul – 30 Reasons. The next chapter at my bookmark was 12, Speaking with Feeling about the Glory of Christ, Not Religious Activity (page 87-88). This title caught my attention immediately.
Piper laments people and conversations that center around personal achievement, “but they do not readily speak of the preciousness of their fellowship with Jesus. Something feels dysfunctional about this kind of Christianity — as if the essence of spiritual reality were found in deeds rather than the relationship with the divine person who inspires and shapes and sustains those deeds.”
I couldn’t agree more. I remember attending many “Pastors Retreats” and having to listen for several days to an endless list of accomplishments; almost a competition about who had done the most in their ministry. This is nauseating!
John the Baptist set the tone for his heart by saying, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30), and he always pointed others to Jesus; “Behold the Lamb of God…” (1:29, 36).
I am deeply challenged to renew my commitment to stop pointing to what “I” have done, but rather exalt Jesus my Savior and Head in everything. Will you join me?
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