Christian Hedonism from Desiring God

These few points are taken from the introduction of Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist by John Piper.

The premise of the book is to reinforce the statement that “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him” (p.10) and dissecting the idea that our ultimate joy and satisfaction is found in (and through treasuring joyfully) God and God alone.

The following is a brief breakdown of foundational elements of Christian Hedonism [namely (yet quite over-simplified) glorifying God by enjoying (and finding our enjoyment in) Him] as mentioned on p.28:

Christian Hedonism is a philosophy of life build on the following five convictions:

1) The longing to be happy is a universal human experience, and it is good, not sinful.

2) We should never try to deny or resist our longing to be happy, as though it were a bad impulse. Instead, we should seek to intensify this longing and nourish it with whatever will provide the deeper and most enduring satisfaction.

3) The deepest and most enduring happiness is found only in God. Not from God, but in God.

4) The happiness we find in God reaches its consummation when it is shared with others in the manifold ways of love.

5) To the extent that we try to abandon the pursuit of our own pleasure, we fail to honor God and love people. Or, to put it positively: The pursuit of pleasure is a necessary part of all worship and virtue. That is:

  • The chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever

Only one thing ultimately matters: glorifying God the way He has appointed.

[I pray that this will be the first of many reactions/posts from my tedious (but meditative, precise) read-through of Desiring God, and my prayer is that the pleasures and joy found in these posts will press you further in to the Bible, and furthermore, to the God of the Bible. May we seek our joy and pleasure in Him, and realize that He is sweeter, and greater than we could’ve ever imagined. Praying with/for you all in these days].

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