I have been really challenged and encouraged this morning by John Pipers latest blog.
He explains the statement he has being trying to implement in his home:
Seek to see and feel the gospel as bigger as years go by rather than smaller.
Our temptation is to think that the gospel is for beginners and then we go on to greater things. But the real challenge is to see the gospel as the greatest thing—and getting greater all the time.
The Gospel gets bigger when, in your heart,
- grace gets bigger;
- Christ gets greater;
- his death gets more wonderful;
- his resurrection gets more astonishing;
- the work of the Spirit gets mightier;
- the power of the gospel gets more pervasive;
- its global extent gets wider;
- your own sin gets uglier;
- the devil gets more evil;
- the gospel’s roots in eternity go deeper;
- its connections with everything in the Bible and in the world get stronger;
- and the magnitude of its celebration in eternity gets louder.
May I commend 4 great books to help you do this:
The disciplines of grace by Jerry Bridges
Living the Cross Centered life by CJ Mahaney
The Passion of Jesus Christ by John Piper
The Cross and Christians ministry by DA Carson