You cannot commend what you do not cherish. Missionaries will never call out, “Let the nations be glad!” who cannot say from the heart, “I rejoice in the Lord.”
Missions begins and ends in worship. — John Piper
You will talk about what you love . . .
You will not talk about what you do not love . . .
Are you talking about Jesus?
John Piper challenges all of us to ask a very difficult question. “Do I cherish Jesus?”
He doesn’t ask if we “like” Jesus. He does not ask if we “respect” Jesus. He does not even ask us if we “follow” Jesus. The question probes our affections. Do I really love Jesus?
If you spend time with me you will know very quickly that – I love my wife, I love my kids, I love my school, I love to fish, I love Auburn football. You will know this because I will talk about it.
But I wonder — if you spend time with me, will you know that I love Jesus?
Jesus, I love you. Will you re-birth in me the joy of my salvation and will you awaken my first love? I want to tell the world about you, but I know this will only happen if I love you.
Scott Hildreth is the director of the Lewis A. Drummond Center for Great Commission Studies. He frequently speaks on issues of missions, spiritual formation, missiology, and theology. Scott also contributes to SEBTS faculty blog www.betweenthetimes.com