A Dangerous Lie About Happiness

Desiring God | 11/21/2018 | John Piper
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Who is fit to be the representative of Jesus in the world? Not Judas, but those who gladly — from the heart — go low in service, longing to see others blessed, not using others like Judas. So I said the word gladly. You’d expect that from me. Is that in the text?

The kind of people who are qualified to be the representatives of Jesus are not just those who begrudgingly go low. How many of us have done that? For example, if your wife asks that you do something that you don’t ordinarily have the responsibility of doing, and there rises up a complaint — “That isn’t my job!” — that’s not gladly going low; that’s begrudgingly going low. That sort of service doesn’t qualify. You don’t represent Jesus when you do that.

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So where am I getting this word gladly in the text? And the answer is John 13:17, where Jesus says, “If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” We know that word “blessed” — makarios. Blessed are the meek (Matthew 5:5). Blessed are the poor in spirit (Matthew 5:3). We know that word: happy, joyful, satisfied, gratified, contented — blessed. You’ll be so blessed if you get down low and do these things.

So what is Jesus saying here? He’s saying the world is wrong. The world — and your own worldly nature, apart from new birth — thinks happiness comes from being served. Nobody has to be persuaded of that. It feels good to stay...
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