Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Knowing and Enjoying God Part Two

As for the saints in the land,
they are the excellent ones,
in whom is all my delight.
-Psalm 16:3
Why is it of utmost importance to focus on teaching our people to glorify God and enjoy God in all that we do as pastors? Here are five reasons:

Reason Two.

Delight in God goes hand in hand in hand with delighting in those and the things that He loves. Good pastors make it a practice show that every mission, spiritual gift, ministry need be sustained by what Piper describes as God-exalting motives, God-centered truth, and a God-saturated spiritual life. When this becomes our purpose all that we will desire, teach, and live will be primarily a reflection of God's desires, God's truth and God's life lived out and through the body of Christ. In speechifying we are good at saying these things, but in reality this is the crux (pun intended) of showing forth what we value above all else. It is easy to say that "it all starts with God" but to realize and live it, becomes a different matter. The people of Israel, rescued from slavery with pillar of fire and cloud before them, still did not treasure their God above all else, but instead valued security, bread, water, safety, and a host of other unmentioned things above their God. Even though he was right there.

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