Getting to the Bottom of Your Joy

This is the third post in the Passion 2011 series. These are my notes from John Piper’s sermon on April 2, 2011 at Passion Fort Worth entitled “Getting to the Bottom of Your Joy.” You can listen to the whole sermon here.

“My aim is that you come to enjoy be made much of by God as you make much of Him.” While this statement seems man-centered and selfish, it’s a repackaging of Piper’s famous statement “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”

God has to condescend to you to reveal Himself to you. And He did that in a book called the Bible.

The question all Christians need to ask themselves is “What’s at the bottom of my joys?” The bottom of our joys isn’t the lowest priority, rather it is the very root and foundation of where we our joy comes from and there is nothing underneath that. To be born again is to have our root in self-exaltation severed and replaced with a desire for God-exaltation. All the joys in life come from this new root. If something else is under God at the bottom of your joys, then you are an idolater. One great way to tell what is at the bottom of a person’s joys is to see how they pray. The reality is that five of the six petitions found in the Lord’s Prayer, the world (unbelievers) would never pray. They don’t magnify God, ask for His will to be done, repent, or anything else. They only want their “daily bread.” Believers ask for their daily bread too, but that is secondary to some of the other petitions because they have a new root to their joys.

Four Ways that God Shows Us Love

  1. God shows us love for His own namesake (Ephesians 4)
  2. God shows us love by sending a Savior (Luke 2:11-14) “We get the Savior; he gets the praise.”
  3. God shows us love by sending Jesus to die and rise for us (2 Corinthians 5:14-15)
  4. God shoes us love in the way that Jesus prayed for us (John 17, specifically verse 24)

Seven Ways that God Makes Much of Us

  1. Being pleased with us and commending us despite our sin and constant failure
  2. Making us fellow heirs with His Son who owns everything. “Those that own everything don’t need to show off with material goods. I own Texas because I am a co-heir with Christ!”
  3. Making us sit at His table at His return and serving us (Luke 12:37)
  4. Appointing us to carry out judgment on angels (1 Corinthians 6:3)
  5. Ascribing value to us and rejoicing over us (Matthew 10:31/Zephaniah 3:14-20)
  6. Giving us a glorious resurrection body like Jesus
  7. Granting us to sit with Christ on His throne (Revelation 3:21/Ephesians 1:22-23)

Why does God reveal His love in such a way to always draw attention back to Himself? Because His love for you is greater than a love that makes you the end point of love. Making Himself the end point of your love is much greater than self. God loves you so much that He wouldn’t let your preciousness become your god. Nobody will ever find complete satisfaction in even the most glorified self because we are given a new root that finds satisfaction in God’s glory alone.

More sermon notes to come. Share your thoughts and stay tuned!

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About Lawson Hembree
Lawson is an entrepreneur, ministry leader, and outdoors enthusiast who also enjoys blogging about business, ideas, and theology. Want to continue the discussion or write a guest post? Let's Connect!

2 Responses to Getting to the Bottom of Your Joy

  1. Cool! Thanks for sharing your notes for those of us who weren’t there. From your notes so far, it sounds like it was an awesome weekend.

  2. Pingback: Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ « Lawson Hembree's Blog

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