This was an encouraging book to read. Short. Passionate. Devotional in a good sense. Need your love for the Lord stirred up? Want to grow in your appreciation of the Person of the Lord Jesus? Then this book is for you! Here are a couple of quotes that jumped out at me:
We need “the eyes of [our] hearts” (Eph. 1:18) opened to see the Lord!
“We are all starved for the glory of God, not self. No one goes to the Grand Canyon to increase self-esteem.” (15).
A prayer: “Wean us from our obsession with trivial things.” (17).
A prayer: “Remove the lopsided and distorted images of your Son that weaken our worship and lame our obedience. . . . So deliver us from small dreams and timid ventures and halting plans.” (33).
Some of you know that I have been working on my next book, Unlike Jesus, which is a study of becoming a friend of sinners (from Mt. 11). Piper comments on this text: “Truth came dressed in camel skins and eating locusts and living in the wilderness and calling kings adulterers and doing no miracles and dying for a dancing girl. And this was not acceptable. So truth came sociably and went to feasts and made fine wine and let a harlot wash his feet. But this too was not acceptable.” (61).
A prayer: “Fight for us, O God, that we not drift numb and blind and foolish into vain and empty excitements. Life is too short, too precious, too painful to waste on worldly bubbles that burst, Heaven is too great, hell is too horrible, eternity is too long that we should putter around on the porch of eternity. . . . We fear our bent to trifling.” (72).
“It follows, starkly, that horrific calamities in this world, no matter how painful, are not the greatest tragedy. Far greater is the failure to escape hell through repentance and faith.” (97).
“Break our addiction to this world.” (116).
“. . . the Spirit persuades ‘by and with the Scriptures.’ He does not skirt the Scriptures and substitute private revelations about the Scriptures.” (121).
“Christ is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.” (122)