I often hear the phrase by John Piper, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.” I have found this phrase leaving me hanging many times because it doesn’t say HOW we are to be satisfied in him. One might ask, “HOW am i to desire Christ and be satisfied by him?” Do I just sit here till I feel something? Do read the Bible till I feel satisfied in him?More importantly, WHY should i delight in him?
One of the most significant things that i have learned and been learning lately about delighting in and enjoying Christ is the way in that he works through his Gospel to change our lives.
A powerful lesson that i have learned from studying Ephesians is the fact that one of the greatest ways that we find joy in Christ and he glorifies himself in us is when the power of his gospel is unraveled in the daily flow of our lives. When we seek to approach every trail and difficulty as yet another opportunity to exposed our wrong thinking and understand and apply the gospel – we truly start to see the true power and value of the gospel. In addition, as we grow in our amazement of the power and effectiveness of the gospel, we grow in our love for Christ who is the very heartbeat of the Gospel.
Notice how Paul speaks to the christians in Colosse about growing in Christ:
“(I want you guys to be encouraged by my ministry) … to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge…6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”
The overal theme of the letter is the supremacy of Christ in the christian life. In this spot he says that growth means growing in our understanding of the gospel (the mystery of Christ). Then a few verses later he states the fact that we are to walk in Christ, to live in him, to seek to build every aspect on him and not on any other source of worldview. In this is the essence of the supremacy of Christ in our lives.
Thus – the gospel is one of the deepest revelations of the inner life of God which penetrates into our inner life and ignites a flame of passion for him. In it, we find the deepest revelation of who he is as we are humbled and built up by his message in our lives day after day. The more we see the work of this gospel in our lives, the more we observe the magnificence of his character, the more we fall in love with him and find our satisfaction in nothing but him alone.
Our affections for the person of Christ grow only as we understand and wrestle with the practical implications of his message for our lives. As we understand it and learn to pattern our lives after it, we see the powerful nature of the answers it gives and the undeniable nature of his supremacy above all things in life.