We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine


Christian Hedonism

Have you ever heard of Christian Hedonism before? Christian Hedonism was first introduced to me through author and Bible teacher John Piper. When I first read about Christian Hedonism in his book, Desiring God, I read that particular chapter over and over again.

You see, that chapter sparked something in me that has remained with me years later. In fact, there is rarely a morning when I wake up that my first thoughts are not influenced by Christian Hedonism. Christian Hedonism has so influenced my life that I am happier than I have ever been. But enough delay–the word “hedonism” refers to one who lives for pleasure. Christian Hedonism is simply living for the pleasure of God.

In his Desiring God, John Piper first quotes the old Westminster Confession, which reads, “The chief end of man is to glorify God AND enjoy him forever.” But John changed one word in the Confession and changed my life and those of countless others who are also now Christian Hedonists. John Piper’s alternate Westminster Confession now reads, “The chief end of man is to glorify God BY enjoying him forever.” Yes, it is that simple–God wants us to enjoy him and he desires to enjoy us. Thinking this way can change your entire outlook on life. Everything you do can now be done with the thought that you are living life in partnership with God–He receives enjoyment or glory as you live your life creatively, or kindly, mercifully, or humbly. At the same time, you receive enjoyment in how God lives his life through you.

Galatians 2:20 reminds me that “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Let’s stop living our own lives and start enjoying the life that God is giving us through Himself!

Published in: on January 16, 2012 at 8:30 pm  Leave a Comment