Daily Devotional 6-9-15

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God Wrote a Book (New Video)

John Piper / June 8, 2015
God Wrote a Book (New Video)[/run]God Wrote a Book (New Video)

It is one of the saddest effects of the fall that over time the greatest wonders in the world become routine. The first day among the Alps we are speechless with wonder. By the end of the week, we’re playing video games. This is a great human tragedy.

So it is with the Bible. It is an immeasurable wonder that God has given us an inspired book containing the truth about himself and his ways and what he wills for our lives. If it had not been around for two thousand years, stocked in every bookstore, found in hotel drawers, courtrooms, mobile apps — if it arrived today, we would either write it off as a ludicrous myth, or we would bow down in worship and scarcely dare to touch it.

As you [www.desiringGod.org/run]watch this video, ask God to restore the wonder.

God’s handiwork in the heavens is telling the glory of God (Psalm 19:1). God’s Son, by the incarnation, is showing the glory of God (John 1:14). God’s act at Calvary reveals the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ (2 Corinthians 4:4).

And God’s book is the window where the truth about all the glory shines most fully and most brightly. No glory would be seen for what it is without this Book. There is no other window like it. You may run by a thousand glories. But until you come to this window, none will shine like they do here.

We pray our new feature video, [/run]God Wrote a Book, will inspire you to run well in the word of God.

Give the Word Time to Work

Jon Bloom / June 8, 2015
Give the Word Time to WorkWhile reading my Bible recently, these words stepped up and stared me in the face:

Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor. (1 Corinthians 10:24)

I wanted to move on, but I couldn’t. I thought I already had the point, but the more I thought about it, the more I saw personal implications that I hadn’t seen before. For me, these moments are often the beginning of life transformation.

Let No One Seek His Own Good?

Being a Christian Hedonist, I first had to make sure I was clear on what Paul meant by “let no one seek his own good.” Because, of course we’re supposed to seek our own good! That’s the only reason anyone who finds a treasure in a field sells all he has to buy that field (Matthew 13:44).

But that’s not what Paul was talking about. What he was addressing in chapters 8–10 was Christian liberty. He wanted to make sure his readers understood that they should never exercise their freedoms in Christ if those freedoms gave offense to others. It may be true that in Christ “all things are lawful,” but Paul reminds his readers that “not all things are helpful” or “build up” (1 Corinthians 10:23). If our freedoms give offense to other Christians or non-Christians, love demands that we forego our freedoms so that we don’t destroy or inhibit someone else’s faith (1 Corinthians 8:11–13; 9:22; 10:28–29).

“Let no one seek his own good” means our priority should not be pursuing our freedoms, but others’ faith. In this sense, a true Christian Hedonist would never pursue his own good over another’s faith because, as John Piper [/articles/we-want-you-to-be-a-christian-hedonist]says,

By Christian Hedonism, we do not mean that our happiness is the highest good. We mean that pursuing the highest good will always result in our greatest happiness in the end. We should pursue this happiness, and pursue it with all our might. The desire to be happy is a proper motive for every good deed, and if you abandon the pursuit of your own joy, you cannot love man or please God.

But the part of this text that hit me hardest was the “neighbor” part. As the text stared at me, it seemed to be asking, How much is your neighbor’s faith your priority? How much are you thinking of your neighbor’s faith when it comes to the way you live?

I’m not eating in any “idol’s temple” (1 Corinthians 8:10) that I’m aware of, though I am not finished with the investigation. But when I reflect on Paul’s approach to life, how he sought to “become all things to all people, that by all means [he] might win some” (1 Corinthians 9:22), I’m once again confronted with the layers of my selfishness.

Meditation Leads to Transformation

All the implications of 1 Corinthians 10:24 are not yet clear in my mind and heart. This text is not done with me. I need to give it more time. And that is my reason for writing.

When a text grabs our attention, we must allow it time to do its work. The Spirit’s use of the sword of God’s word (Hebrews 4:12) to pierce into our deep places and bring about sanctification and transformation doesn’t always fit neatly into a daily devotional time or a Bible reading plan. Sometimes we need to clear our devotional schedule and linger over a text and wrestle with it, and probe into it, and let it probe into us.

Unhurried meditation is what leads to the mind’s transformation (Romans 12:2), which leads to behavioral application, which leads to lifestyle transformation. Such meditation may only require ten minutes, or it may take ten months. However the Spirit leads, linger.

Give the Word time to do its work.