JOHN PIPER DEVOTIONAL – TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2020

What Binds the Hands of Love

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. (Colossians 1:3–5)

The problem with the church today is not that there are too many people who are passionately in love with heaven. The problem is not that professing Christians are retreating from the world, spending half their days reading Scripture and the other half singing about their pleasures in God all the while indifferent to the needs of the world.

The problem is that professing Christians are spending ten minutes reading Scripture and then half their day making money and the other half enjoying and repairing what they spend it on.

It is not heavenly-mindedness that hinders love. It is worldly-mindedness that hinders love, even when it is disguised by a religious routine on the weekend.

Where is the person whose heart is so passionately in love with the promised glory of heaven that he feels like an exile and a sojourner on the earth? Where is the person who has so tasted the beauty of the age to come that the diamonds of the world look like marbles, and the entertainment of the world is empty, and the moral causes of the world are too small because they have no view to eternity? Where is this person?

He is not in bondage to the Internet or eating or sleeping or drinking or partying or fishing or sailing or putzing around. He is a free man in a foreign land. And his one question is this: How can I maximize my enjoyment of God for all eternity while I am an exile on this earth? And his answer is always the same: by doing the labors of love.

Only one thing satisfies the heart whose treasure is in heaven: doing the works of heaven. And heaven is a world of love!

It is not the cords of heaven that bind the hands of love. It is the love of money and leisure and comfort and praise — these are the cords that bind the hands of love. And the power to sever these cords is Christian hope.

I say it again with all the conviction that lies within me: it is not heavenly-mindedness that hinders love on this earth. It is worldly-mindedness. And therefore the great fountain of love is the powerful, freeing confidence of Christian hope.

3 thoughts on “JOHN PIPER DEVOTIONAL – TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2020

  1. Thank you Pat (Child of God) and Ron Bouchard for liking my previous published posts. Maybe in going back over those available there was something that brought you hope. I am doing well. I am so very sorry that this method of communication is so slow and reveals so little to you about me and my well-being. I will always keep the door of communication open, so that you (as well as others) may contact me. This is just one of my only means of social contact. My family rarely calls (once in a blue moon) and no one writes to me either. God alone is my constant hope, strength, and security. He is my all. Without Him EVERYONE is condemned and doomed FOREVER! God bless our planet! He IS coming soon without a doubt! I love you ALL with the love of Jesus Christ. Remember me in your prayers. Timothy

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