I’m serious when I say this, but I really think these two messages changed the course of my life…
My Conviction in a Nutshell
Preposition #1: God is the ultimate good or else He would not be God. Then our joy is most complete in Him, because He is the ultimate good.
Preposition #2: Love is only true when you are looking out for the best interests of the other person. Therefore, for God to glorify and magnify Himself, it is not megalomania, because He’s simply loving us in working all things for His glory.
Conclusion: For God to reveal more of Himself to us and point our joys in His direction, is the ULTIMATE expression of love. And when we pursue God in this way, there is no greater calling and act of service then to allow for others to see the glories of God.
“If you could taste the omelet you would know why the eggs needed breaking” Anonymous
In other words, evil has a glorious end that results ultimately in God’s supreme glory. It’s hard to swallow when we’re caught in the middle of fire, but when we can grasp the powerful truth of a sovereign and good God, then I think we can move to worship in the midst of evil.
I highly recommend this sermon series to you, if you haven’t heard of it already. John Piper’s Spectacular Sins & Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ.
or get this book!