One of my favorite preachers of the Word, is John Piper. Also a very well known author, Piper has written many books. My favorite of all his books is Don’t Waste Your Life. I would like to quote from it now:
If Christ is an all-satisfying treasure and promises, to provide all our needs, even through famine and nakedness, then to live as though we had all the same values as the world would betray him. I have in mind mainly how we use our money and how we feel about possessions. I hear that haunting words of Jesus, “Do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things” (Matthew 6:31-32). In other words, if we look like our lives are devoted to getting and maintaining things, we will look like the world, and that will not make Christ look great. He will look like a religious side-interest that may be useful for escaping hell in the end, but don’t make much difference in what we live and love here. He will not look like an all-satisfying treasure.I find this to be very encouraging, as recently I was waiting on an answer from the Lord. I found myself becoming consumed with this answer rather than consumed with my God. What I wanted more than anything was to have an answer to my question. This answer, by my own actions proves that I find more comfort, satisfaction, and worth in my circumstances than I do in the presence of my God.
It is God’s desire to be first and foremost in our lives. It is His will that we love him first, according to Deuteronomy 6:5, and Matthew 22:37. First place can only be occupied by one thing. Money, health, family, career, all good things, but none of them are worthy of first place in our lives. None of them are worth serving. Yet we, (I) put my faith, worth, and happiness in these temporary things. According to Jesus I when I do this I serve them, myself and this world (Matthew 6:23-25).
So what are you serving? What do you find as the source of your joy, satisfaction, and contentment? What is your bottom line? Is your happiness, joy, and worth found in? The next job, promotion, house, car, grade, what? Or is your joy in knowing, fellowshipping, and serving the only One that deserves it? As I now have the answer to my question, I am able to recognize that the lack of an answer was not a bad thing. Instead, it was used by God to show me the condition of my idolatrous heart, a heart that ran from God, in pursuit of other things that promised contentment and satisfaction.
My prayer is this, “God, please help me to find all of my comfort, joy, meaning, and worth in Christ! Make yourself first in my life, and the only thing that I long for, and the only thing that I can’t live without"!