There are a number of sentences that have changed and shaped my life. Over the next few posts, I’m going to share them. Here’s the first: God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.
This sentence was coined by John Piper as a statement to summarize his life philosophy, Christian Hedonism. It changed my life because it helped me see that the biblical command to glorify God in all things (1 Cor 10:31) was not at odds with my desire to be fulfilled. God’s glory and our joy are not opposites.
But notice, the phrase is NOT “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied.” God does not receive glory from any kind of human satisfaction.
God is not most glorified when I receive my highest satisfaction from food, sex, football, friends, or family. This actually minimizes God, making it seem like created things are more valuable than him (Rom 1:25).
In reality, God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him. When I see God as the treasure that he is…when I go to him as the fountain of living water…when I trust in him to be enough for me…when I see that in his presence is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11)…that’s when God is most glorified.
The more I can find my joy in God, the more I will fulfill my purpose for existing.
Resources to Explore
CRAWL: Listen to John Piper’s sermon, “Undoing the Destruction of Pleasure,” a message he gave at the University of Minnesota.
WALK: Read John Piper’s short book, The Dangerous Duty of Delight.