Friday, August 20, 2004

Developing a passion for the beauty of God!

Developing a passion for the beauty of God is the subject of Sam Storms new book One Thing which I've been reading this week. In the same words as John Piper he tells of the way to glorify God being through out satisfaction in God, our enjoyment and delight in the glory of who our God is.

Storms quotes from Augustine's record of his conversion...
“How sweet all at once it was for me to be rid of those fruitless joys which I had once feared to lose! You drove them from me and took their place, you who are sweeter than all pleasure, O Lord my God, my wealth, my salvation.”

Capturing the same spirit as C.S. Lewis....
we are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered to us, ignorant children preferring to make mud pies in a slum because we cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are too easily pleased...

It is as we gaze upon the majesty and beauty of Jesus in scripture that we are transformed - 2 Corinthians 3v18

The battle against sin is fought and won not through legalistic rules and regulations but by seeing the supremacy of the beauty of God as incomparably greater than the supposed joys of sin.

Sam Storms, One Thing (Christian Focus, 2004)

Read the first chapter of Sam Storm's earlier book Pleasures Evermore (NavPress) [PDF, 145KB].