John Piper
Desiring God
John Piper

Wise words from John Piper

Faith & Inspiration

John Piper had many good things to say in the interview that’s featured in the current issue of WORLD, and in preparing to question him I ran across many statements in his terrific book Desiring God that are worth remembering. For example, he defines love “the overflow of joy in God that meets the needs of others.”

Here are six more nuggets, page by page:

140 “What we are really made for is not the thrill of feeling our own power increase, but the thrill of feeling God’s power increase.”

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140 “Genuine love is so contrary to human nature that its presence bears witness to an extraordinary power.”

168 “The Son of Man came not to be served (Mark 10:45). He aims to be the servant. He aims to get the glory as Giver.”

169 “All the other so-called gods try to exalt themselves by making man work for them. In doing so, they only show their weakness.”

171 “The difference between Uncle Sam and Jesus Christ is that Uncle Sam won’t enlist you in his service unless you are healthy and Jesus won’t enlist you unless you are sick.”

171 “The Sermon on the Mount and the Ten Commandments are the Doctor’s prescribed health regimen, not the employee’s job description.”

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.


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