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Does God want you to give or get?

Loved this from John Piper The Pleasures of God this week. If you read nothing else from the book, grasping the last sentence will change your life.

God has no deficiencies that I might be required to supply. He is complete in himself. He is overflowing with happiness in the fellowship of the Trinity. The upshot of this is that God is a mountain spring, not a watering trough. A mountain spring is self-replenishing. It constantly overflows and supplies others. But a watering trough needs to be filled with a pump or bucket brigade. So if you want to glorify the worth of a watering trough you work hard to keep it full and useful. But if you want to glorify the worth of a spring you do it by getting down on your hands and knees and drinking to your heart’s satisfaction, until you have the refreshment and strength to go back down in the valley and tell people what you’ve found. You do not glorify a mountain spring by dutifully hauling water up the path from the river below and dumping it the spring. What we have seen [1 Timothy 1:11, 2 Peter 1:17-18, Matthew 12:18, John 3:34-35, 17:24, Proverbs 8:30] is that God is like a mountain spring, not a watering trough. And since that is the way God is, we are not surprised to learn from Scripture – and our faith is strengthened to hold fast – that the way to please God is to come to him to get and not to give, to drink and not to water.

(And in case you’re worried that’s too good to be true: Jeremiah 2:12-13)

Happy Christmas!