Treasuring Him – John Piper

8 10 2009

HOW DOES PAUL MAKE CHRIST LOOK GREAT? Answer: by experiencing CHRIST as such a TREASURE that everything else in his LIFE is as NOTHING by comparison.

I count EVERYTHING: money as lost, food as lost, looks as lost, friends as lost, family as lost, job and success as lost, graduation as lost… IN COMPARISON with the TREASURE that CHRIST as become FOR ME.

HOW DO YOU MAKE CHRIST LOOK GREAT IN YOUR LIFE, AND THUS NOT WASTE IT?

Money is given to you so that you might use money in a way that shows money is not your treasure, Christ is.
Food is given to you so that you might eat it in such a way that it would be plain food is not your treasure, Christ is.
Friends, Family, are given to you so that you might live with them in such a way that it will be plain to the world they are not your treasure, Christ is.
Computers, Toys, Houses, Lands, Cars, are given to you so that you might use them in such a way that it would be plain to the world these are not your treaure, Christ is.

You talk about lifestyle implication…

WARTIME LIVING

The way we display the supreme worth of JESUS is by treasuring Him above all things and then making choices which make the joy we have in His supreme worth manifest.

GET IT.
GET IT.

AND IF HE IS NOT THAT FOR YOU TONIGHT, IF HE IS NOT THAT TREASURE FOR YOU, PRAY ALL NIGHT IF YOU HAVE TO THAT YOUR HEART WOULD BE SO CHANGED THAT YOU WOULD NOW TREASURE JESUS ABOVE EVERYTHING IN YOUR LIFE.

Treasuring Him by John Piper

Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,” –Philippians 3:8 (KJV)
More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ,” –Phil. 3:8 (NASB)

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