Sitting With This Question

“If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven, if Christ was not there?” -John Piper

Sunday morning, our pastor read this quote to the congregation. He said upon reading it, he closed all of the books on his desk, shut down his computer and silenced the ringer on his phone.

And he sat with this question.

How much do I really strive for comfort? Instead of Christ?

The Apostle Paul says, I count everything as a 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 and be found in Him. Philippians 3:8

This morning, I too sit with Piper’s words. Checking my heart and every motivation. Being still before my God.

What stirs in you upon reading this quote?

2 thoughts on “Sitting With This Question

  1. Wow!! That is challenging! Goodness, I have never thought about that before, and I don't like that I can't answer right away…like I even need to take time to think about it. Thanks for sharing, what a blessing to be challenged in this way.

  2. My first thought was "this is too deep to think about at 11p on a Fri after a very rough (child-related) day". I actually read the quote earlier in the day, and my immediate reaction was (sadly) "yep, I could be happy w/o Jesus". But after my very bad day, I read it again and thought about it some more. New reaction: all that other stuff would be nice, but tonight I would just want to sit at Jesus' feet and let him hold me and love on me…which is really what he wants to do all the time, if I would just let him. Thanks for sharing!

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