My faith is not only a backward-looking belief in the death of Jesus, but a forward-looking belief in the promises of Jesus. It’s not only being sure of what he did do, but also being satisfied with what he will do-indeed, it is being satisfied with what he will do precisely because of what he did do.John Piper, Future Grace
My discovery is that God is supreme not where he is simply served with duty, but where he is savored with delight. “Delight yourself in the Lord” (Psalm 37:4) is not a secondary suggestion. It is a radical call to pursue your fullest satisfaction in all that God promises to be for you in Jesus. It is a call to live in the joyful freedom and sacrificial love that comes from faith in future grace. Then will come to pass the purpose of God who chose us in Christ to live “to the praise of his glory.John Piper, Future Grace
I can think of no better quote to sum up 2018 for me than one from Future Grace by John Piper. I read Future Grace on and off for pretty much the whole of this year and, I do not say this lightly, it has literally changed my life.
This book has set me on a journey of finding out what it truly means to live the Christian life. This book has set me on a journey of seeing what we are called to do as Christians. It has shown me that we are called not just to serve God out of duty, but to delight in Him, to be satisfied in Him. That is when He is most glorified.
Before this year, I didn’t know what it truly meant to desire God above all else, I didn’t know what it meant to delight in God, and I didn’t know what it meant to be satisfied with God.
This year, Future Grace set me on a journey to find out what it means to pursue satisfaction in God. I have come to know what that means. I have come to know what it means to have faith in God’s future grace, when before the term was just a mystery.
Yes, this year was good.
Yes, this year was hard.
But when I look back, I don’t see those things, I see this lesson God has taught me of delighting in and desiring Him.
2018 has been rich, but not because of my accomplishments. 2018 has been rich because I have seen at least part of what it means to be satisfied with all that God is for me in Christ Jesus, I have seen what it means to trust in God’s future grace.
And my prayer for the new year? It’s that I’ll continue to be satisfied in God, that I will continue on this journey that God set me on nearly a year ago.
In the clutched of the cross,