“The glory of God is a human being fully alive.”
John Piper encourages believers to partake in a lifestyle of Christian hedonism – to life life to it’s fullest extent, enjoying with passion the myriad of good gifts God has created us to enjoy – within the parameters He’s established in His Word, the Bible.
Piper is in no way advocating a licentious lifestyle – he is simply encouraging us to find our deepest satisfaction in God, which will naturally lead us to express our humanity with a fervency that glorifies Him and draws others to Himself.
So how do we get to the point where we are finding our deepest satisfaction in Him? And what if we’ve already lived most of our lives for our own pleasures and glory, and find ourselves standing in the wreckage of the shipwreck that results from living life with no parameters? Or what if we have been so tied down by those parameters that nothing in us shows the joy of being intimately known and loved by the One Who made us…what if we are so busy trying to win His approval by doing all the right things, we miss the enjoying of Him and His gifts?
First and foremost, we need to acknowledge that we have lived our lives for our own purposes – whether it’s been a relentless pursuit of pleasure, or the diligent legalism that is bent on showing our worth to God – we must admit that we don’t think we need a relationship with God – we’re quite capable on our own, thank you. Just remember, as that thought comes up, the times in the stillness you’ve known that it isn’t alright – the times when there was a pause in the frantic activity and busyness that keeps the hunger of your soul at bay – and ask yourself – what if it’s true? What if all the things I’ve been doing to live my life to the fullest, have actually held me back from what life is really all about?
Secondly, as you stand at that crossroad and see the truth of where your current pursuits are leading, all you have to do is believe that when Jesus went to the cross, He opened the door into eternity and authentic humanity and extended the invitation for you to come – all you have to do is accept the invitation – come just as you are, and taste and see that the Lord is good – and begin to live your life to the fullest.