No, Thank You John Piper
Two days ago, John Piper wrote a lengthy article in his most recent “fresh words” called “Thank You, Thank You, Thank You” in which he shares his gratitude to God, the elders of
As I shared just recently on my blog, there is not another man alive today which God has used to change my life and conform me into the image of His Son than John Piper. Having read many of his books, listened to dozens of his sermons, and kept up with his ministry at BBC and Desiring God, I feel as though I have known Piper for a long time; however, after having read his most recent fresh words, I feel like I know him so much more.
It is not often that you get to hear the ins and outs of men like Piper, MacArthur, Dever, or Sproul. When you see that they are writing several books a year while pastoring churches and speaking in conferences, one must wonder what their life is like for them. It is as though they seem to have six more hours in the day than the rest of us and a drive to sustain them in full-on pursuit when many have sat at ease on the recliner or headed to hole #4 on the local golf course in the
I read about his profound love and commitment to Noel and the funny reenactment of his hilarious illustration of coming to the door with flowers (if you haven’t listened to his sermons, it wouldn’t make sense).
I read about his remarkable love for Talitha as he shared about their family time at the dinner table and family devotions at the bedside which was the place of “daddy’s blessing and song.”
I read about his commitment to maintain his body as a vessel of the Lord in exercise and jogging which was accompanied with prayer for the villages and colleges.
I read about his nurturing of his own soul and the time spent in prayer and Bible study before the starting of the day—a day which was comprised of eleven hours of study and writing at desk #8 in the library of the Tyndale House.
I read about these 66 hours a week spent in writing two books: one called What Jesus Demands from the World and another addressing N.T. Wright’s view of justification.
I read about his speaking engagements, books which influenced him, and getting beat in the game of Squash.What I appreciate so much about this article is that it was a window in the life of a man who refuses to waste his life at an age when so many are seeking to retire from theirs. I am grateful to have before me a man who runs harder as the finish line approaches rather than looking to buy a hotdog in the bleachers. Finally, I am convicted and challenged to use this one life God has given me to make each moment count for the glory of God and the display of His beauty to a blind and deaf world in desperate need of Jesus. So if you don’t mind, I would like to say, “Thank you, John Piper” for the encouragement and faithful witness of sovereign joy which has extended to my heart in a passion for the supremacy of God in all things. May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ cause the weight of his glory to so grip our hearts and lives that we cannot but treasure the infinite worth and surpassing value of Him who is “better than what life can offer now and death can take later.”