John Piper on Gratitude

Here’s a quote that I’ll be using on Monday morning. It’s pretty dense, so I’ll likely paraphrase it. But it’s worth contemplation, so I thought I’d post it here in full. Have a great Thanksgiving Weekend!

“You cannot show the preciousness of a person by being happy with his gifts. Ingratitude will certainly prove that the giver is not loved, but gratitude for gifts does not prove that the giver is precious. What proves that the giver is precious is the glad-hearted readiness to leave all his gifts to be with him. This is why suffering is so central in the mission of the church. The goal of our mission is that people from all the nations worship the true God. But worship means cherishing the preciousness of God above all else, including life itself. It will be difficult to bring the nations to love God from a lifestyle that communicates a love of things.” – John Piper, Let the Nations Be Glad! (2nd edition, Baker, 2003, page 101)

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One thought on “John Piper on Gratitude

  1. “It will be difficult to bring the nations to love God from a lifestyle that communicates a love of things”….

    Not sure why, but my wife convinced me last night to watch the 2006 Willow Creek Leadership Summit interview (Bill Hybels interviewing…) of Bono (U2). Bono would certainly agree with John Piper that the church, the supposed lovers of the Giver, need to drop their love of things, and give it away to the poor (and sick) in Africa. He only reads in the ‘holy scriptures’ (his favourite phrase) Jesus’ teaching to love the poor. The West, says Bono, has altogether too many things (him included) and if the church really wants to be missional they need to mobilize for the poor and against the “stupid poverty” (easily solvable) in the world today.

    Quite a compelling interview, and recommended for all to watch….

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