Ordering Our Affections Rightly

John Piper has a penetrating blog post today that deals with the issue of idolatry. He asks if we know of someone (and it could be ourselves) who gets more excited about the latest movie, clothing purchase, app, etc., than they do about Jesus, and if so what to do to assist them. Here is a summary of his answer.

“Instead of dampening their enthusiasm for movies, clothing, apps, and events, let that go as an expression of God-given personality. Instead, model expressive joy in Jesus. Over time, if there is no resonance from their heart with your joy, query them humbly:

I love your enthusiasm for the things you get excited about. You’re so free and expressive about good movies and nice clothes and cool apps. It seems odd to me that you don’t seem to be as expressive about the way you feel about Jesus and what he’s done for us. Have you thought about why that might be?

The point of this query is to help them see that the problem is not joyfully loving good created things. The problem is the apparent absence of similar affections for Christ.”

This is an important question as we query our own souls to root out idolatry, as well as in helping others in their walk with Christ. Read the whole thing here.

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About jeremykimble

Currently I am husband to a wonderful, godly wife, father of two beautiful children, associate director of the Youth Ministry Institute, PhD student in theology, and online instructor at Liberty University and Taylor University. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ who earnestly desires to glorify God, engage in a lifestyle of worship, ruthlessly kill sin, and participate in God's mission to all peoples.
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