Joy (June 2, 2011)

We talked yesterday about the radical God-centeredness of God, or the theological reality that God does everything for his own glory. What does this have to do with us? We all agree that the glory of God is at the heart of the Bible and the Christian life, but how does the glory of God relate to the fruit of the Spirit, specifically joy?

Glorifying God comes about as we value God. We worship and praise that which we value. Our values are dramatically changed when the Holy Spirit regenerates our hearts (2 Corinthians 5:17), and unites us to Christ. Then the Holy Spirit progressively weans us from the worship of created things and produces a capacity to glorify God made evident by the fruit of the Spirit, specifically joy, so that God is glorified in you to the degree that you are satisfied in him.

Don’t you feel this? Even if your spiritual life is dried up and shriveled and weak, don’t you, at some level, want to live like this? I genuinely want to glorify God by enjoying God. The idea that God is working to produce in my life a satisfaction in himself whether I have a big television or not is wonderful to me. I pray that you feel this and see it and desire God in this way.

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