This idea of Christian Hedonism is fairly new to me. It began when I started using Desiring God’s resources more and more. Then, I read John Piper’s article “We Want You to Be a Christian Hedonist”. After that, I tackled Desiring God. That sealed the deal for me. “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.” How true is that? When we glorify God above all things, we are satisfied because he is the greatest thing this universe has to offer. So, without further adieu, here are three reasons I’m a Christian Hedonist:
- I want to be happy. I have looked for fulfillment in so many other things. School, sports, girls, knowledge, money, material possessions. Everything has been dissatisfying. Those things aren’t wrong and they certainly can be joyful to experience, but they are not the greatest thing. The only thing that can make me eternally happy and quench the deep thirst of my soul is Jesus Christ. I want to enjoy him forever. Piper’s alteration of the first answer in the Westminster Confession is true: “The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.” Is there anyone in the world who wants to be sad, depressed, and unfulfilled? Everyone looks for happiness. By God’s grace, I have it in Jesus and I want to continue to grow in happiness for the rest of my life on earth. And one day, when I meet Jesus face to face, I will have an eternity to take so much joy in his presence as I gaze upon his infinite beauty and wondrous glory.
- The Bible makes it perfectly clear that we are to pursue joy in the Highest Joy, namely God himself. Psalm 16:11 says, “You make know the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” John 15:11 says, “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” Philippians 3:8 says, “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.” Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 66:1 says, “Shout for joy to God, all the earth.” There are hundreds of other passages like these. God is the only thing that can satisfy our longings. The Bible tells us to be satisfied with him above all other things.
- John Piper. I praise God for the way he has used John Piper’s writing and preaching in my life. So many people have a mentor that they have never met who has had more influence in their life than anyone else. John Piper is that person for me. Piper is passionate, transparent, honest, loving, revolutionary, and challenging. Thank God for men like him to spur others on to know God and all that he is for us in Christ.
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