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Written by Mel Wild for “In My Father’s House” @ https://melwild.wordpress.com
Jesus asks Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” (John 21:15). The “more than these” is a sticky question we must all answer if we want to follow Christ. It took Peter, the one who bragged that he would not be like the others and deny Christ, denying Him three times in one night before he would realize that he loved self-preservation more than he loved Jesus.
I’m not part of the Reformed church, or even a Calvinist (I think labels are divisive anyway), but I really liked what John Piper said in this short video clip I’ve included below. He’s talking about the things we love as followers of Jesus. Our affections can be misguided and fickle without us even realizing it. This is why we must always allow the Lover of our Soul’s penetrating gaze to reveal the deepest issues of our heart to us so that we can be transformed.
The purpose of this inquiry is so that I will learn how to love like He loves. I don’t just need the truth; I need the truth about me. For it is this truth that makes me free.
32 For if you embrace the truth, it will release more freedom into your lives.” (John 8:32 TPT)
Consider that Moses told God that he preferred the wilderness with God more than the Promised Land without Him (see Exodus 33). I must honestly ask myself, would I say the same?
Here are some issues of the heart about what we love that Piper says we that may be overlooking as devoted followers of Jesus. I’ve added a few of my own that I’ve had to honestly answer in my own life:
Do I love theology, or doing theology more than I love God?
Do I love seeking the truth more than the Truth? (John 14:6)
Do I love the Bible more than the Word? (John 1:1)
Do I love the gifts and manifestations of God’s power more than the Giver?
Do I love being right more than being loved?
Do I love “loving God” more than God?
Do I love thinking about God rather than loving God?
Do I love prayer more than communion with God?
Do I love writing about God more than God?
Do I love arguing for God more than I love God?
Do I love worship more than the One I worship?
Do I love my local church or denomination more than I love God?
Do I love my freedom in Christ more than I love God?
Of course, this list is not exhaustive, and Piper has some other important things to say about it on the video. But even though all these things we love are good things, even necessary things in the life of a believer, if we love them more than Jesus, they become idols.
What Peter found out, and what we should find out, too, is that we’ll never even know what love is until we allow God to deal with the narcissistic veneer we’ve called love, which is nothing more an image we unknowingly worship.
P.S. (from bruce) If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ?? Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ… https://godsmanforever.com/2016/12/19/the-gospel-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-12182016-written-by-bruce-r-mills/
To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…
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